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06ATHENS184
2006-01-23 13:11:00
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Embassy Athens
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GoG Announces Day of Remembrance for Victims of

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						UNCLAS ATHENS 000184 

SIPDIS

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DEPT FOR EUR/PD, EUR/SE, DS/ISI/PII, DS/OP/EUR, DS/DSS/ITA,
DS/P/A
FBI FOR CTC/ITOS/TGU, OIO/IOU-II AND WFO/NS-12
CIA FOR CTC, EUR/AEG AND EUR/LGL
JUSTICE FOR EPSTEIN, HERRUP

E/O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PTER GR ANARCHISTS
SUBJECT: GoG Announces Day of Remembrance for Victims of
Terror


SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PLEASE HANDLE ACCORDINGLY.

UNCLAS ATHENS 000184

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR EUR/PD, EUR/SE, DS/ISI/PII, DS/OP/EUR, DS/DSS/ITA,
DS/P/A
FBI FOR CTC/ITOS/TGU, OIO/IOU-II AND WFO/NS-12
CIA FOR CTC, EUR/AEG AND EUR/LGL
JUSTICE FOR EPSTEIN, HERRUP

E/O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PTER GR ANARCHISTS
SUBJECT: GoG Announces Day of Remembrance for Victims of
Terror


SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PLEASE HANDLE ACCORDINGLY.


1. (U) The first Sunday in January has been selected as
the official day of remembrance for the victims of
terrorism, Marietta Yiannakou, the Education and Religious
Affairs minister, announced on January 17. Yiannakou, who
has also proposed that such a day of remembrance should be
recognized via constitutional amendment, said that an
upcoming presidential decree "shall designate the ways, the
procedures, and the events that would depict the wish of the
legislators for a day of remembrance for the victims of
terrorism," the "Apogevmatini" daily (pro-government)
reported on January 23.


2. (U) Yiannakou also spoke to reporters following a
memorial service for the victims of terrorism organized by
the "Thanos Axarlian" Association on January 22. (Axarlian,
a 22-year old student, was killed by shrapnel during a 1992
rocket attack by November 17 terrorists to assassinate then-
Finance Minister Paleokrassas. The minister survived.)
Responding to questions after the service, Yiannakou
underlined that "terrorism has been a phenomenon since
ancient times; claiming that [terrorism] has been eradicated
and won't reappear does not become a politician." (Note:
Poloff and the British Ambassador also attended this yearly
memorial service, which was attended by hundreds of
supporters, including local MPs and deputy Defense Minister
Mihaloliakos. End Note.)


3. (SBU) Comment: Yiannakou's announcement is good news:
it focuses attention on the human cost of Greek domestic
terrorism. Legislating a day of remembrance for terrorism
victims was avoided by the previous socialist PASOK
government, which was somewhat sensitive to leftwing and
still-popular attitudes that downplay the phenomenon of
domestic terrorism, so long as there is a pseudo-political,
"anti-imperialist" basis for it.