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15 July, 2000
British officials currently visiting Greece for talks with the Greek authorities on cracking down on terrorism are particularly satisfied with the results of their efforts so far.
British Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Foreign Office, Baroness Patricia Scotland, arrived in Athens on Friday and held talks with Foreign Minister George Papandreou, Justice Minister Mihalis Stathopoulos and Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis, as well as with main opposition New Democracy party Deputy Dora Bakoyianni.
According to diplomatic sources, talks between the Greek and British governments are considered to be particularly effective.
Britain has offered to help both at the level of know-how and legislation since the British Parliament recently ratified a draft law on combatting terrorism.
The British side believes that the two countries can extend their cooperation on the issue in the framework of the European Union as well. It also believes that in the case of the murder of British military attache Stephen Saunders in particular, the terrorist organization "November 17" failed to win over public opinion, since there have been considerable demonstrations of support for the victim's family by the Greek people.
Source: Athens News Agency