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27 June, 2000
British ambassador in Athens, Dave Madden, on Monday thanked all the people from Greece and other countries who sent messages of condolence for the murder of the embassy's defense attache Brig. Stephen Saunders by the "November 17" terrorist organization.
The ambassador "wishes to thank all those -- from Greece, Britain and other countries -- who have sent messages of sympathy and expressed outrage at the murder of Brigadier Stephen Saunders and sent condolences to his family," the message, released by the embassy, said.
"We have passed these messages to Heather Saunders and her daughters. It provides some consolation to them to know how many people share their profound grief, and mow many loved and respected Stephen Saunders.
"Nothing can bring back the dead. But the priority now is to bring the perpetrators of this senseless and cowardly crime to justice. The British government welcomes the efforts with the Greek government and police are making to investigate the crime and tackle the problem of terrorism, and is giving full support and assistance," the message said.
British defense attache Brig. Stephen Saunders, was shot and fatally injured on June 8 by two gunmen on a motorcycle as he was driving alone from his home in Nea Erythrea to the British embassy in downtown Athens. The elusive "November 17" terrorist organization claimed the attack in a proclamation to the Athens daily "Eleftherotypia"
Source: Athens News Agency