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20 November, 2001
The US ambassador to Athens on Monday reiterated that America's envoys around the world are considering the campaign against terrorism as their top priority, while he also thanked the Greek government for its support thus far.
US ambassador Thomas Miller, who officially arrived in Greece in early October to take up his diplomatic post, clarified however, that the US-led campaign also features economic, diplomatic and even intelligence-gathering dimensions, besides the simply military angle.
Miller made the comments at a luncheon hosted in his honor by the Association of Greek Graduates of US Universities, and held at a Hellenic American Union's (HAU) hall in downtown Athens.
"We must realize that we're in this all together; the attack wasn't just against America but on our way of life, which often has been taken for granted," the veteran diplomat stressed, before warning that there will be "no neat end" to the current fight against international terrorism.
"This will not be an easy campaign, it is not like previous wars," he said, adding that notorious Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden's demise will not end the problem.
Finally, in terms of the campaign against terrorism, Miller said it was "not about revenge ... but it's what every nation owes to its citizenry: the right to be protected."
In referring, however, to a bit of advice he said was offered by US Secretary of State Colin Powell at his Sept. 21 swearing-in ceremony, Miller emphasized that the campaign against terrorism will not overshadow other bilateral and multilateral issues as well as cooperation.
Support for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, promotion of US products in Greece, the embassy's good services for solving Aegean differences as well as gaining accreditation for US tertiary educational institutions active in Greece - which he especially emphasized - were among the areas he mentioned.
HAU President Chris Spyrou and the president of the graduates' association board of directors, Evangelos Sorogas, greeted Miller at the event.
Source: Athens News Agency