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Unprecedented Security for U.N. Opening

Tuesday, 21 September 2004 12:00 AM

In the areas surrounding the United Nations, the Environmental Protection Agency has set up several mobile field stations to constantly sniff the air for any signal of a biological or chemical weapon.

The EPA is backed by New York's own WMD Emergency Services units.

If that is not enough, the NYPD has set up mini-pedestrian concrete barricades on surrounding sidewalks that forces anyone approaching the U.N. on foot to pass in single file.

On the East River, police boats and Coast Guard cutters will patrol the normally busy waterway.

They will be supported by NYPD helicopters and gunships of the U.S. army.

The Big Apple has not seen this level of security since 9/11.

While the NYPD insists that there is no specific threat, plenty of "potential" targets will be at the U.N. this week.

Aside from President Bush's visit, other notables attending this year's U.N. confab are Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, Afghan president Hamid Karzi, Iraqi president Iyad Allawi and Canadian prime minister Paul Martin.

Of particular concern to the Secret Service is the visit of Pakistani president Pervez Musharaff, who will meet his Indian counterpart while at the U.N.

Musharaff, under a death threat from Islamic extremists, has had several assassination attempts in recent months.

New Yorkers, yet to recover from the impact of the Republican National Convention, have taken the latest circus to hit the Big Apple in stride.

As crosstown busses were diverted from their normal routes, disgruntled passengers forced to move about on foot, simply waved off the latest challenges.

"Busses, forget it," lamented one passenger, "the only thing I can count on these days are my feet," she explained as she maneuvered through the throngs of idled traffic.

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