It is a matter for deep resentment on the part of Greece that it should be made the scapegoat for a tragic event such as the hijacking of TWA flight 847, an event which placed so many human lives in jeopardy. . . .
The fact is that the security measures in force at Greek airports are in every way similar to those in effect at other European airports and conform with international standards prescribed by the competent civil aviation authorities. . . .
In the TWA hijack incident, the passengers had gone through the normal double checking process: once by Greek security agents and a second time by TWA itself and its own people responsible for security.
The director of National Airport in Washington D.C. confirmed in a comment today on CB Morning News. . .that, despite the strict security operated at National Airport, the hijacking could just as well have taken place in aircraft departing from there. He said that no international airport in the world. . .could guarantee the prevention of hijacking, no matter how strict the security measures might be, since one has to deal with people determined to achieve their objective. . . .
We stress that the Greek government negotiated for the freeing not only of seven Greek passengers held on the hijacked plane in Algiers, but for all passengers, including at least 46 American citizens. . . .
We feel these false and totally unfounded accusations are both damaging and insulting to those who are concerned with saving innocent lives, and who have exerted every human possible effort toward that end.