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Europe Thursday, 15 March, 2001, 17:52 GMT
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I found Edward Stourton's programme very interesting. And how refreshing to have European issues on our screens when we are supposed to part of Europe ! The reason some of us had watched the programme is that we are former colleagues and friends of Ken Whitty who was working in the British Council/Embassy in Athens in the early 1980's and he was shot in his car in the street. I do not know which terrorist group was responsible, but the parallel with the Saunders case has been distressing for everyone who knew Ken.
Juliet Gayton
University of Exeter

I am a Politics student in the University of Essex. First of all I would like you to know that I truly respect BBC and especially all its documentaries related to history, which I believe are the best around the world. However I have to admit that I was really disappointed yesterday night when I saw the episode of Correspondent about the Greek terrorist organisation N17. I believe that it was presented in a very one-sided way. The fact that you indirectly related PASOK ( the political party that has been in the government in 17 out of the last 20 years) with N17, claiming that it may be covering up and protecting the terrorist movement in some way, was simply outrageous.
Constantinos Papavramides

An excellent report yesterday and so very moving. It is wonderful and inspiring to see the families take action and try to seek justice that they so deserve with it seems a procrastinating Greek Government. I spend a great deal of my time in Greece and was in the country on that very sad day when Mr Stephen Saunders was shot. The Greeks that I work with and friends that I have all condemned this atrocity but a few had to concede that this action was inevitable due to the action of the British airforce bombing Serbia. This is the view that was conveyed to me from a small circle of Greeks - perhaps future British foreign policy needs greater support from neighbouring countries.
Terence Lee

I watched your program yesterday regarding the tragic issue of the 17N terrorism in Greece. We did not see though an official response of the Greek government on this apart from Mr Stathopoulos who stated in your report that "Whoever has evidence - let them step forward and talk". The issue security and Olympic Games in Athens 2004. In my opinion this is not at all rightly promoted by any of the International media. For example, there are so many tourists visiting Greece every year from England and the US. None have been harmed in any terrorist attack. History shows 17N aim for key people of the Embassy. The consequences of ETA and IRA hits are far more and different to the consequences of 17N hits. Nektarios Georgalas
Ipswich

Do you think Britain did enough to protect it's diplomats and has security been increased since the murder of brigadier Saunders?
Benjamin De-Campos
East London

Would it be fair to say that had this murder occurred in the UK the British police would have done more about it, acted faster and that the people responsible for the shooting would have been bought to justice? Please pass on my best wishes to Mrs Heather Saunders and her family.
John
Leicester

Mr Peraticos, was gunned down outside a garage in a busy street. The shooting was witnessed by the garage owner and the gunmen returned the following day to threaten the garage with gunfire presumably to intimidate witnesses. Why have Scotland Yard detectives not interviewed the garage owner and offered him protection?
James Brown
Piraeus, Greece

Other Governments have been working with Greece on this matter for years and there have been no results whatsoever. Now, after the unfortunate assassination of Steven Saunders, the Greek authorities are co-operating with British police. So you see, it is not only the Greek Governments' failure but also the failure of all those that "help" the Government.
Athanasios Raptakis
Greece

Why in your opinion have no members of N17 ever been caught?
Maureeen
Republic Ireland

Is it too much to ask that you at least acknowledge the possibility that this particular terrorist group is in fact very difficult to track down?
Terena Barajas
London

Greece is a safe country. These particular terrorists are after politicians or people involved with politics. They have not caused the death of simple civilians as IRA, for example has. So, the Olympic games CAN be safe in Greece as they were in Spain with the ETA, or in England with IRA or in France with Islamic groups or in America with 13 years-old kids killing people with gun machines. Finally, I would like to ask if the British would be interested about 17N if a British diplomat hadnżt been killed. Iżm not trying to justify what 17N has done but I just want to make the point that 17N is irrelevant with the safety of the country, and with the safety of the Olympic games.
Evanthiav Spanidou
Essex

Would it be fair to say that had this murder occurred in the UK the British police would have done more about it, acted faster and that the people responsible for the shooting would have been bought to justice? Please pass on my best wishes to Mrs Heather Saunders and her family.
John Leicester

I am Greek and I am studying at the same university that Brigadier Stephen Saunders studied. I am very sorry about what happened to him and his family. I am very sorry about what happened to all the victims and their families. Being Greek makes me feel kind of responsible as well. N17 is a disgrace for Greece, but you must understand that terrorism attacks in Greece are something extremely rare and are not part of Greek everyday life!!! I am 24 years old and I can hardly remember 2 or 3 attacks. Having lived in the UK for 5 years, I am sure that your anti-terrorism groups wouldn't be more effective than the Greek police.
Antonios Voulgarelis

I was at Peter Symonds School Winchester with Stephen Saunders 1958-1965. I recently started a search for the O Level classes of 1963 to see if there was interest in a reunion of this year group. In my first attempt to contact people I learned of Stephen's death. I would like to send my heart felt condolences to Heather. I remember Steve as a super guy - quiet but very self assured, he was a really nice person and it was no surprise to see he had been a big success in the Army. It was a real Tragedy.
Dave Bramley

There is no link between Greek terrorist groups and sports. There is no recorded incident in the past to claim that. Instead somebody could state that terrorist actions and sports were present in other "more advanced countries" than Greece. Who could ever forget the bomb that exploded in a park in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, US or the terrorist actions in the Munich Olympic Games. Since then both countries applied and hosted some very significant sport venues without any hesitations. Instead of accusing Greece being dangerous and inhospitable country, we could focus on the violence problems in USA, where teenagers shoot their colleagues in schools.
Agapitos Hatzipetros

I would like to congratulate you for the contents of your programme on the story of the 17th of November. As a Hellenic citizen I am very sensitive to matterswhich could be potentially embarrassing to my country, or its people. Although the programme had quality and objectivity overall, it is natural that it may significantly affect the opinion of certain people regarding the safety and hospitality of Greece. I have personally observed in the past years that the British public in general has got very limited knowledge of recent Greek history, politics and its modern reality and life.
Stavros Kantzidis
Newcastle upon Tyne

I was extremely interested in your documentary this evening on the stalled investigations into November 17th. I have been working on a play based on this group, but the more I research, the more I feel the need to write an investigative work. My own background is that of someone who was caught up in the events around November 17th and I am certain that the group has its roots in the events of that night. I am quite certain that if the police ever interviewed the students who organised the Polytechnic rebellion and associated student strikes they would find the people who are involved with November 17 today. But they never have and probably never will. Because many of those who stood up against the Colonels are in positions of power today. Thank you very much for an extremely balanced, well-researched and accurate programme.
Antoinette Moses

As a Greek citizen I could not help but wondering what is the British Government doing to identify and bring to justice the IRA terrorists that have claimed so many lives over the past years. I totally sympathise with the pain and the grief of the families of the 17N victims but I was appalled by the BBC's attempt to present Greece as incompetent and unwilling to solve the 17N problem.
Maria Papadaki
Glasgow

There is no doubt, especially for the Greek people that the actions of the N17 are atrocious. Everyone's sympathy lies with ALL the relatives of all the victims. Is it too much to ask that you at least acknowledge the possibility that this particular terrorist group is in fact very difficult to track down? And that consequently the fact that they haven't been found is not entirely reducible to the Greek people or government?
Terena Barajas
London

Thank you for the programme. Greek Police are incompetent for sure but its not their incompetence that is worrying, its their luck of courage and political independence.
Michael H
A Greek-British viewer

I lived in Greece between 1981-91 at a time when there were several N17 killings. The perception in the street, at the time, was that these were left-wing sponsored killings. The group (N17) appeared to be extremely well-trained, well-informed about its intended targets movements and well financed and armed. It can operate with relative safety within Greece because no coherent attempt at formulating an anti-terrorist strategy has ever been put in action. Friends of mine, in the Police, who applied for the anti-terrorist squad in 1990 were told that, if successful, they would receive two weeks' training and be called upon if needed. I personally share much of the interviewer's frustration at getting clear answers from Greek Officials.
Dennis Couniacis
UK

We in Greece do not support this extremism. I am very sorry for your loss and the great loss for your daughters. However I do not understand why everyone connects this with the fact that the 2004 Olympics are hosted by Athens. Atlanta failed miserably in security during their Olympics. We believe this connection is made because America wants Greece to pay huge amounts of money and to allow a huge amount of agents to come to Greece and take over security during the Olympics. This will have huge implications over our sovereignty and will make I think this does great misjustice to a the memory of a noble man, your husband. (a Greek student in the UK)
Michael
Greece

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