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26 November, 2002
Organized crime was a problem imported into Greece that created the most serious problems in the countries in which it originated, preventing their reconstruction and democratic development, Greek Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis said on Monday.
Chrysohoidis was taking part in a London conference on dealing with organized crime in the Balkans.
The minister noted that there were many aspects to organized crime in the Balkan region, many of which had become a problem in Greece. Among them he listed the trade in women and children, drugs and money laundering.
All these activities undermined democracy and international cooperation to combat these phenomena had to be further developed, he stressed.
Greece was also represented by Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who said the European Union intended to discuss a number of proposals for dealing with organized crime in the Balkans. Among these were close monitoring of the situation by the EU Troika public order ministers and activating a centre in Albania's Vlore with the cooperation of Greece, Albania, Italy, Germany and other EU member-states for dealing with this problem.
Source: Athens News Agency