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12 November, 1997
The new US Ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns was sworn in at a ceremony at the State Department on Monday night.
Mr. Burns, who arrives in Athens early December, said his main goals in his new post would be the continuation of close military cooperation between the US and Greece, promoting the resolution of Greek-Turkish differences in the Aegean and a resolution of the Cyprus issue as well as cooperation in fighting terrorism.
He said Washington supported Greece's policy in the Balkans and considers the Simitis government's economic policy to be moving in the right direction.
The 41-year-old diplomat referred at length to the "blood ties" between Greeks and Americans and expressed his intention to maintain contact with the Greek-American community.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, referring to Mr. Burns as a very good friend and associate, added:
"Athens is a post where we send our very best diplomats and Nicholas Burns is one of the best we have."
Present at the ceremony, apart from Ms Albright, were State Department official James Rubin, Greece's Ambassador in Washington Lucas Tsilas, and the ambassadors of Cyprus, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Source: Athens News Agency