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Greece rapped on terror laws

MADRID (AFP) – European Parliament President Pat Cox urged European Union member states, including Greece, yesterday to speed up adoption of anti-terrorism legislation and introduce an EU-wide arrest warrant. «I call on them today to do it without delay,» he said at the opening of an international congress on victims of terrorism, held in Boadilla del Monte in the suburbs of Madrid. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece and Portugal have yet to incorporate EU anti-terrorism laws, or directives, into their national legislation. Germany, Greece and Italy have not yet introduced the EU arrest warrant, which is due to replace lengthy national extradition procedures. The two-day conference on the effects of terrorism on victims and the role of institutions in helping them cope was to be addressed by David Trimble, the head of Northern Ireland’s mainstream Protestant Ulster Unionist Party, Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and victims, or relatives of victims, of terrorist attacks in various countries.