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19 November, 1997
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga addressed Greek and Greek-American reporters at a press conference here yesterday. She stressed that what is most important are the conditions of the Greek expatriates' work and life, who must "struggle together with American working people" for a solution to their problems, which "are not being resolved by Greece."
Ms Papariga is currently in the US and will also visit Canada at the invitation of the communist parties of these countries and societies of KKE's friends in North America.
She said a special issue for immigrants is primarily the educational issue, adding that what is necessary is a "brave state intervention" by Greece with modern books.
On the question of Greek-Turkish relations, Ms Papariga said they were being complicated due to the strategy of the US in the Aegean, whose partitioning is already being promoted. She said Turkey's leadership is questioning Greek borders without being condemned politically by the US, NATO and the European Union, and in this way the impression is given that the Turks have a "backup."
She went on to say that the Cyprus issue is an international problem. However, a solution is currently being promoted for it, which bears no relation to UN resolutions but makes partition official.
"We are very concerned because the new structure of NATO turns Greece simultaneously into a victimizer (in possible future multinational interventions in Algeria and Libya) and a victim in relation to its national issues," she said.
Ms Papariga said the US cannot be considered reliable as a mediator because it behaves like a "ruler" and demands compliance with its strategy.
Source: Athens News Agency