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Thursday, 1 September 2005

Swiss Air

The air forces of Switzerland and Italy are to work closely together, in order to ensure that the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics are protected from terrorist attack.

The Swiss government is seeking parliamentary approval for a cross-border defence accord with Italy, before the games begin next February.

The Swiss government went on record and said:

"This type of event attracts the attention of the whole world and offers extremist groups the chance to realise their aims through terrorist attacks,".

The objective of the exercise is to enable the exchange of information between Switzerland and Italy, and to improve the possibility of intervention in the event of a specific threat.

During cross border engagements the air forces are only permitted to use infrared warning fire. The neighbouring country's air force is not permitted to engage in live warning fire, or to attempt to shoot down aircraft.

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