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Summit security leaves space to breathe

DESPITE unprecedented security measures for this week’s Bratislava summit between US and Russian Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin, the life of the Slovak capital will not be disrupted, the Pravda daily reported.

"The life of Bratislava inhabitants will not be restricted. Free movement in almost all zones will be maintained," Police President Anton Kulich said.

Apart from the castle hill, where the two leaders will meet, the most guarded areas will include Hviezdoslavovo Square in the city centre and the surroundings of the Presidential Palace and the cabinet Office.

Hviezdoslavovo Square will be closed for the public, however, because three local hotels that look on to the square – the Carlton, the Devín and the Danube - will become the headquarters for the two delegations.

Police will open the Square on February 24 for the planned public speech to be held by President Bush.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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