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03 October, 2001
Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, addressing the Greek sector of the European journalists Union on Tuesday on the issue of "Defense and economy-Prospects for the 21st century", focused his attention on the recent terrorist attack in the United States, saying that joint support is necessary for shaping an integrated security policy.
"The new global alliance should be supported on the realistic base of common interest in confronting terrorism," he said, adding that those responsible (for the terrorist attack) should be detected and brought before justice.
"Such a thing should not happen again. The causes leading to terrorism should be found and countries, each separately and all together, should promote settlements which shall respond to the consequences of this effort to confront terrorism," he added.
Tsohatzopoulos confirmed the readiness of the armed forces to contribute to this effort. He reminded that the defense ministry is having a 15-year program by which the cost of its operational expenditures will be less than 4 percent of GDP annually.
Commenting on statements by Turkish General Staff chief Hussein Kivrikoglu that Kurdish rebels are being trained at the refugee camp in Lavrio, Tsohatzopoulos said some can't see in front of them and added that the development of the world does not pass through regional confrontations.
Source: Athens News Agency