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07 October, 2002
In reference to a high-profile interview apparently given by the alleged leader and co-founder of the notorious "November 17" terrorist group, Protopapas said the government will not "open any dialogue with terrorists".
The interview was published in a provincial newspaper over the weekend.
Alexandros Giotopoulos, jailed since July on numerous terrorism-related felony charges, has denied involvement with the lethal terror band or of even knowing any of the other 16 accused "N17" suspects being held pending trial.
Protopapas also referred to a high-profile proposal by ruling PASOK for a common rally by all political parties during the commemoration of a 1973 students' uprising against a military junta then ruling Greece, held annually in Athens on Nov. 17.
Giotopoulos' interview was published by the "Lamiakos Typos" newspaper, which is based in the central Greek city of Lamia.
In commenting on the issue of terrorism, former prime minister and honorary ND leader Constantine Mitsotakis said any initiative that works against terrorism "finds us in agreement".
Source: Athens News Agency