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Greece and the issue of Terror

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Greece and the issue of Terror In 1981, Andreas Papandreou and his radical Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) won the national general elections. A spellbinding orator, he rode a political platform pledging to remove U.S. military bases from Greece and to take Greece out of both NATO and the then European Community. Since then, Athens and her surrounding towns have played host to a variety of conferences and meetings by terrorist representatives and spokesmen, including PLO officials, Hamas,
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  1 Greece and the issue of Terror   In 1981, Andreas Papandreou and his radical Panhellenic Socialist Movement(PASOK) won the national general elections. A spellbinding orator, he rode apolitical platform pledging to remove U.S. military bases from Greece and to takeGreece out of both NATO and the then European Community. Since then,Athens and her surrounding towns have played host to a variety of conferencesand meetings by terrorist representatives and spokesmen, including PLOofficials, Hamas, Sinn Fein, and Libyan terrorists.In 1986 Papandreou, himself addressed one such meeting, calling liberationmovements the instruments for the historical change and progress of our times. In fact, Papadreou's 1981 election victory was in part underwritten byQaddafi, who secretly transferred as estimated $4 million via a major Greek bankto help finance the campaign. Eventually, Qaddafi's economic largess towardsthe Greek socialist grew to as much as $20 million yearly. PASOK itself is an outgrowth of an underground organization calledthe Panhellenic Liberation Movement (PAK), which Papandreou created while inexile in Sweden and Canada to fight the military dictatorship then in power inGreece (1967-1974). Several former PAK radicals, trained and indoctrinated inMiddle East terrorist camps, and eventually became member of the variousSocialist administrations.One of them is Kostas Tsimas , then head of the Greek Information Service--theIntelligence Agency and, as such, in control of the country's principal intelligenceapparatus. Tsimas trained in Palestinian terrorist camps in Syria and Lebanon.He has retained close contacts with them and has been among their mostinfluential protectors in the Greek political establishment. Sifis Valyrakis , second in command of the Ministry of Public Order in the 1980s,which controls Greece's national police, trained at camps in Lebanon. In 1976,two years after the overthrown of the Greek military dictatorship, he was arrestedby authorities and sentenced to seven months in prison for smuggling fortyKalashnikov assault rifles into Greece. He never served a day, and the followingyear Papandreou nominated him as PASOK candidate for parliament. Citingintelligence files, former Athens police detectives claim that Valyrakis is oneof several PASOK associates who are tied to November 17.Another Greek official linked with international terrorism Vassilis Konstantineas ,a senior foreign-ministry official and influential member of PASOK's international-relations committee. Western intelligence sources and Greece's own police filesrevealed that in 1983 Konstantineas and Tsimas secretly met Abu Nidal uponhis arrival at Athens Airport (Nidal was reportedly disguised as a Greek Orthodoxpriest). Later they held negotiations in a small hotel in downtown Athens. On thetable was an arrangement under which the Abu Nidal organization would haveresidency and transit privileges in Greece, and could operate a clandestineheadquarters in Athens.  2  Since then, various terrorists have traveled via Athens. The aforementionednames are still play influential role in Greek politics. Another influential socialistpolitician with dubious contacts is Costas Laliotis. Specifically, he is thepresident of extreme guy groups and anarchist groups in Greece. In addition, heserved as top minister in various ministerial posts.
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