25 January, 2007
All movements of aircraft to and from Greece "fully respected the laws, regulations and treaties for international air navigation," alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said on Wednesday. He was responding to questions about a draft European Parliament report claiming that 64 CIA flights had passed through Greek territory.
According to the draft report, many flights and stopovers by CIA planes in Europe were part of a secret detention and transfer system for terrorist suspects, while the US operated secret prisons in some member-states and used others as staging posts with the collusion of EU governments and EU officials.
According to the leader of the opposition party Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) Alekos Alavanos, the government was obliged to give an explanation regarding the revelations in the report, which named Greece among the countries in which CIA planes made stopovers.
Source: Athens News Agency