The Protestant and Catholic leaders of Northern Ireland's unity government welcomed Olympic officials as the flame landed Saturday at Belfast City Airport via the Isle of Man. The flame spent the past two weeks traveling through England and Wales.
A senior Belfast police officer says security will be heightened throughout the torch's stay in Northern Ireland. The torch run through 60 towns and villages coincides with Queen Elizabeth's 60th anniversary on the British throne, an event celebrated by the Protestant majority. The officer says IRA splinter groups would like to disrupt both events.