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12 December, 2001
A solemn ceremony was held at the US ambassador's residence on Tuesday in memory of the Sept. 11 terrorist victims, three months after the dastardly attacks in Manhattan and Washington shocked the world.
U.S. Ambassador to Athens Thomas Miller thanked Greece for its solidarity during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, saying "we may have differences of opinion some times, but we do agree on this issue. We will continue our effort. Today with this ceremony we show to the world, the "I am not forgetting", since we are resolved to continue," Miller said.
He added that the Sept. 11th attacks were not made against the United States alone, but matter to all and the culprits must be brought to justice. Miller also noted that the ceremony was "a chance to show that we turn down the darkness of terrorism."
Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos, Foreign Minister George Papandreou and former premier Constantine Mitsotakis attended the ceremony at ambassador Thomas Miller's official residence.
Numerous other ministers, MPs, diplomats and religious leaders also attended.
Foreign Minister George Papandreou expressed his solidarity for the families of the victims and speaking to the sister of a Greek victim of the terrorist attacks said "you have our solidarity and our promise that we will continue our close cooperation with the government of the United States within NATO and everywhere else, to combat terrorism".
Similar services were held at US diplomatic missions around the world.
Source: Athens News Agency