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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Guyana’s parliament passes three bills for World Cup security

Guyana's parliament has passed three bills to strengthen security for the Cricket World Cup, including one giving foreign security agents special protection under local laws during the seven-week tournament.

Under the so-called "Visiting Forces” Bill foreign agents will form part of a special regional task force to protect against security breaches during the sport's biggest event.

Another law clears Guyana to accept special help to minimize international crimes, including terrorism, from international agencies like the FBI and Scotland Yard, while another legalizes special visa requirements during the tournament to ensure hassle-free travel.

All Caribbean host countries are required to pass similar legislation for the tournament, which started Tuesday and culminates with a final at Barbados on April 28.

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