The U.S. State Department annual report on terrorism calls Greece’s sea border “vulnerable” and Greek identification documents “easy to forge.”
The report for 2015 that was published on Thursday says that terrorism in Greece has been limited to small terrorist attacks, mainly bomb packages from domestic anarchist groups, aimed not to cause bodily harm but to send political messages.
The cooperation of the Greek government with the U.S. on counterterrorism issues remains strong, the report notes. The arrests of Christodoulos Xiros and Nikos Maziotis are described as a considerable success but also the arrests of their accomplices Spyros Christodoulou, Grigoris Tsironis and Giorgos Petrakakos are also considered successes.
For yet another year the State Department stressed that the vulnerability of the Greek sea border is “a serious concern.” The report also notes the ease with which Greek identity cards can be forged (“alteration and replacement of photograph”) and the fact that there is no progress on the issue.
However, it is stated that the Greek government is committed to addressing the issue through the implementation of biometric identity cards.
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