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Taiwan asked to remove posters by Athens committee

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Bowing to China's pressure, the Athens Olympic Organization Committee has reportedly asked Taiwan to remove its posters from baggage carts at Athens' international airport and buses in the city, the Government Information Office (GIO) said yesterday.

"Our advertisement contractor in Athens told us this morning that the National Olympic Committee in Athens had made a verbal request to remove all of our posters from the 500 carts at Athens' international airport and the side of 50 of the city's buses," GIO Director-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) told a press conference late last night.

"The GIO representative stationed in Italy and a lawyer have flown in to Athens to review the situation and take care of the matter," Lin said.

"While we do everything in accordance with the regulations set down by the Olympic Committee, we hope this matter doesn't escalate into a political incident and we're making efforts to better understand the situation and remove the obstacle," Lin said.

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