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06 May, 2000
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said on Friday that Greece and the United States will be signing a "memorandum of understanding" soon, namely a police cooperation agreement to which, as he said, he would not attribute the character of an anti-terrorism cooperation agreement.
Reppas said it will not be an inter-state agreement and, consequently, it will not be debated in Parliament, adding that the head of the Greek Police (ELAS) will probably sign on behalf of Greece.
He further said that discussion on the agreement had taken place quite some time ago and long before the State Department's report on terrorism had been publicized.
Reppas said work on the police cooperation agreement is almost completed and is therefore expected to be signed soon, but a specific date has not been set.
Questioned on reports claiming that 90 percent of men in the Greek Police are corrupt, Reppas said this has nothing to do with the agreement between Greece and the US. However, he added that certain methods are used in polls conducted by private bodies.
"Allow me to doubt and to not accept that men of ELAS can be characterized as corrupt to such a high degree, because I do not believe that they are corrupt," Reppas said.
Source: Athens News Agency