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01 February, 2001
The US State Department on Wednesday officially expressed its dissatisfaction over last week's critical statements by Greek Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis regarding US-Greek cooperation in combatting terrorism.
"We were, in fact, surprised and disappointed that Mr. Kaklamanis would mischaracterize U.S. - Greek counter terrorism cooperation the way he did," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said, adding: "I'd point out that we cooperate very closely with the Simitis government to support counter terrorism efforts. We respect fully Greek sovereignty and authority. And in fact, we've given help to Greece over many years in this area. We have also given strong public support to Greece's counter terrorism efforts, particularly since the murder last year of a British official. We have made clear that we fully support a safe and secure Olympics in Athens in 2004".
"We are very close partners, and we believe that Mr. Kaklamanis is simply out of touch with the excellent relations between our two states," Boucher said.
"This charge that somehow we are using terrorism against the Olympics is simply plain wrong and I'm going to knock that one out," he concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency