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14 June, 2000
Alternate Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi referred to the issue of the November 17 group's terrorist activity in Greece in an address during a dinner for European Union foreign ministers here on Monday night, stressing the need for intensifying cooperation between all EU member-states in combatting terrorism. She said Greece desires and seeks whatever cooperation of a similar form.
Papazoi referred in particular to apparatuses existing in the framework of the EU, such as Europol, and to political cooperation between member-states.
Meanwhile, Greek diplomatic sources revealed here on Tuesday that the British position at the Council was absolutely positive, while Papazoi's British counterpart thanked her for the way with which Greece is handling the issue.
Main opposition says changes in anti-terrorist law necessary:
New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis said on Tuesday that the inefficiency and incompetence of PASOK governments in tackling terrorism was harming the country and that the main opposition would have to take the initiative on the issue.
He made the statement during a meeting of senior main opposition party members.
New Democracy spokesman Aris Spiliotopoulos said that the effective fight against terrorism required an appropriate institutional framework and that the main opposition would table a relevant draft bill.
He called for discussion of the issue in a parliamentary committee and a public debate on the necessary institutional changes. Sources said the draft bill would contain a provision for the exclusion of jurors from the composition of courts trying terrorists and the formulation of a witness protection system.
Slain British officer's widow demands assassins' capture; 'I don't blame the Greek people', she stresses:
The widow of Britain's slain defense attache to Greece flew back to Britain on Tuesday, accompanying the body of Brig. Stephen Saunders to his homeland.
Two "November 17" assassins gunned down Saunders on Thursday morning as he was driving alone on a congested Athens highway. The terrorists were riding a motorcycle that subsequently sped away through morning rush-hour traffic.
During her arrival at London's Gatwick Airport, Heather Saunders made a brief statement, which was earlier released, by the British embassy in Athens.
"I would like to thank all those people from all over the world who have filled my home with messages of sympathy and love for my kind and gentle soldier.
"Stephen was very much a peace-keeping soldier, a man who had a deep belief in all things good in life. But foremost, Stephen was my darling beloved husband and father of our wonderful girls, Nicola and Catherine. He was a true family man who has been ripped from the very heart of his family by evil, wicked and cowardly men who have achieved nothing for themselves but wide condemnation.
"I want that condemnation to continue. I want these men caught and prosecuted. They must never destroy another family in this way. I want to repeat here the appeal I made to the Greek people in Athens: If anyone knows anything that can help bring these men to justice, please pass it on to the police. Any small piece of information could make a difference.
"I don't blame the Greek people for what happened. But I appeal to them again to take this opportunity to ensure that no one else has to suffer the way we are.
"Finally, I ask you all from time to time to remember Nicola, Catherine and myself in your prayers, because we have a long road to travel," she said.
Source: Athens News Agency