ATHENS (Oct. 21)
Greece went on record Sunday in favor of preventive action and strong international cooperation to combat terrorist activities, especially against civil aviation.
That policy was outlined by Minister of Transportation and Communications George Papadimitriou at the opening of a three-day meeting of the European Civil Aviation Conference’s (ECAC) security committee on the island of Rhodes. It was attended by ranking officials from the 22 ECAC member-states, the U.S. and Canada and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Papadimitriou said Greece assigns particular significance to preventive control in confronting terrorist activities more effectively. He said the terrorist phenomenon today calls for broader international cooperation to coordinate action to solve security problems in air transport.
The Greek government is seriously interested in developing existing procedures to improve measures to combat all types of terrorism, he told the delegates.
“Our country, in close cooperation with the countries you represent, confronts all the relative problems with joint and coordinated actions and procedures that have minimized the dangers from illegal acts of violence and terrorist activities against civil aviation,” the Greek Minister said. He pledged that Greece would continue to give its full support to this task.
It was reported here, meanwhile, that in response to an Interpol warning of a possible terrorist attack in Athens, police have taken security measures to protect government ministries, embassies, banks and foreign-owned companies.