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‘No lists’ of terrorism suspects

Investigators into terrorism in Greece do not have a list of suspects but are working instead on examining evidence and trying to tie it to individuals who can then be prosecuted, British sources with knowledge of the investigation conducted by the Greek police and Scotland Yard said yesterday. They said that the investigation so far has turned up noteworthy evidence that could be useful. Meanwhile, British Ambassador David Madden and his American counterpart, Thomas Miller, addressed a meeting on Monday of the Pavlos Bakoyiannis Center for New Policy, named after the New Democracy MP who was murdered by the November 17 terrorist group in 1989. Madden noted that in his three years in Greece, two of his «starkest memories» are the murder of his embassy’s defense attache, Brig Stephen Saunders, by the November 17 group on June 8, 2000, and the Sept.11 attacks. But he noted that the attacks had caused stronger cooperation in the fight against terrorism. «This has led to extraordinarily close cooperation between the Greek police and Scotland Yard, and between the security authorities on both sides more generally. We have provided training for the Greek police and also been involved with them in a series of exercises,» Madden said. «It is possible to defeat terrorism by demonstrating political will, and to defend civilized values and democracy against barbarism and tyranny.» Miller said US cooperation with the Greek authorities was very good and that it was counterproductive to talk of lists of suspects.