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R. Keeley wants CBS apology

Robert Keeley, the US ambassador in Athens from 1985 to 1989, has written a letter to the CBS network, calling on it to apologize to Greece for running a «60 Minutes» program suggesting that some members of the ruling PASOK party were sympathetic to the November 17 terrorist organization. In a letter dated January 7 (the day after the show was broadcast), which was published in Athens’s Ta Nea newspaper yesterday, Keeley said that he and his predecessor and successors at the embassy had worked closely with the Greek government to help track down November 17. «You owe the Greek government a retraction of the libelous program you broadcast, and an apology to those of us who have worked assiduously on this problem over many years without any publicity, for the obvious reason that terrorism is best dealt with out of sight of the media,» Keeley wrote. ELGA expects to pay some 54 million euros (18.4 billion drachmas) to settle insurance claims for this month’s destruction, which took place during the coldest December in 40 years, with the second highest rate of snowfall after December 1991.