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Christian Science Monitor Publishes AHI Letter Refuting Unsubstantiated Allegations Against Greece In Connection With Terrorism
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: NICKOLAS THEROS
February 21, 2001 No. 9/01 (202) 785-8430

Christian Science Monitor Publishes AHI Letter Refuting Unsubstantiated Allegations Against Greece In Connection With Terrorism

The Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, February, 20, 2001 Page 10

Greece no slacker on terrorism

The Feb. 14 opinion piece "Don't ignore Greek terrorism" by E. Wayne Merrydoes little justice to the serious subject of terrorism. Mr. Merry's oft-repeted allegations against Greece in connection with the 2004 Olympic Games do not gain credibility merely by repetition.

They are not shared by the State Department. On Feb. 9, Secretary of State Colin Powell stated: "I am confident that the authorities will do everything to make sure that the Games go off in a safe manner. I have confidence in their ability to make this happen."

The scourge of terrorism is a universal threat. As Atlanta and Munich discovered, terrorism can strike anywhere. While visiting Athens last December, I held meetings with the Games organizers and was extremely impressed by the top priority they are affording security. Far from belittling the threat, they are leaving nothing to chance. They enjoy the full support of the Greek government, which treats terrorism with utmost seriousness.

The US and Greek governments have developed a close working relationship to fight terrorism. New cooperation agreements have been signed with the FBI and new laws enacted to facilitate investigations. Athens is looking forward to peaceful Games, but is formidably prepared for any challenge.

Apparently Merry's concerns do not include Americans and Kurds killed in Turkey, and Americans killed in Turkish-occupied Cyprus.

Eugene T. Rossides
General Counsel
American Hellenic Institute
Washington