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23 January, 2001
The government on Monday called for stepped up efforts to confront terrorism, on day after Sunday's bomb attack against a Parliament deputy, during a ministerial meeting on the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis briefed Prime Minister Costas Simitis on the attack, adding that concerted efforts have been underway for some time and expressing optimism on the results of the investigations.
Press and Media Deputy Minister Telemachos Hytiris, following the meeting said, that by February the government would table a bill in Parliament dealing with organized crime similar to those in force in other European Union member-states.
"We have the answers, we are organized, a fact recognized by all here and abroad," Hytiris said.
Simitis, on his part, said called for more intense efforts to soon achieve results, since attacks like the one on main opposition New Democracy deputy Vassilis Michaloliakos, give the opportunity to circles in Greece and abroad to mar Greece's image.
He also asked that the attack not be connected with the Olympic Games.
Source: Athens News Agency