US recognises Africa is not one country

2010-01-14 11:07

AMERICANS do realise that Africa is not one country. However, crime

and security are major concerns for the Fifa World Cup, the US embassy in South

Africa has said.

“Security situations need to be evaluated on a country by country

basis,” says US ambassador Donald Gips.

This follows concerns over the safety of the cup to be held in

South Africa in June due to a terrorist attack on the Togolese soccer team in

Angola during the African Cup of Nations.

South African authorities moved to dispel fears saying it was

illogical to link the two countries as they were miles apart.

Geographically, South Africa and Angola are separated by Namibia

and Botswana.

Says Gips:“While crime and security will be major concerns for the

World Cup, just as they are for sporting events worldwide, the US is actively

partnering with the South African government to address these concerns.”

The US government is working closely with the South African

government and law enforcement agencies “to ensure appropriate security measures

are in place for the World Cup”.

“The close co-operation between our two governments is a strong

foundation for what promises to be a first-rate international sporting event,”

adds Gips.


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