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10 July, 2002
Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou on Tuesday briefed U.S. Ambassador to Greece Thomas Miller about Greece's defense and security action program, during its European Union Presidency.
They also discussed the further participation of Greece in the confrontation of international terrorism with the allocation of Greek means to the U.S.
Miller congratulated the Greek government and especially the Greek police for its systematic efforts in dismantling the ''November 17'' terrorist organization.
He also assessed that this case will not be solved in a day or two and called for patience, noting Monday's statement by Press and Media Minister Christos Protopapas, who had called for the police to be left unhindered to do its work and also to avoid speculations.
Responding to questions Miller said that according to his briefings from the FBI, the procedures used by Greek police in the questioning of suspects was perfect, adding that police should be left alone to continue its efforts, without artificial deadlines, as some people are trying to set.
''It will take as long as it is needed,'' he said, stressing that no one can speed up the process or disregard Greek legislation.
He also reiterated that he felt safe in Greece, adding that he stated so when he arrived in Athens.
According to sources the Greek defense ministry accepted a request from the United States for the allocation of two Greek Airforce Chinook type helicopters to contribute to the needs of the multi-national forces in Afghanistan, as part of the campaign against terrorism.
Source: Athens News Agency