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Greeks visit Britain for terror talks

Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis will visit London today for a series of meetings on the ongoing investigation into Greek domestic terrorism and security planning for the Athens 2004 Olympics. Chrysochoidis, who will be accompanied by a team of police officers and ministry officials, will meet with British government officials and Scotland Yard officers. The Greek delegation will meet with his counterpart, as well as Home Secretary David Blunkett, Foreign Office Minister Ben Bradshaw, the chief of the Metropolitan Police, Sir John Stephens and other officials. The two sides are expected to discuss the latest developments in the investigation into November 17, the Greek terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the murder of British defense attache Brig. Stephen Saunders in June 2000. Scotland Yard joined the investigation and, according to sources, has helped the Greek authorities greatly. The British have also reportedly helped increase contact between Greek and US investigators, who have been assisting the Greeks for many years. The British and Greek delegations will also discuss the exchange of know-how and technology. Chrysochoidis will visit Scotland Yard where he will be briefed by officers on issues related to training security personnel and new technologies to be used at the Athens 2004 Games. A team of security officials from the United States, Britain, Israel, France and Spain are helping Greece prepare security for the Olympics. There have been no arrests of November 17 suspects since the group claimed responsibility for the first of its 22 murders in late 1975. Despite a flurry of recent reports that investigators might have drawn up a list of suspects, government officials have stressed they do not have the evidence to make any arrests.