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14 June, 2001
US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou signed the Comprehensive Technical Agreement (CTA) in Brussels on Wednesday concerning the status of U.S. military personnel in Greece and that of Greek military personnel in the U.S.
"The signing of the CTA is a major step forward in the two countries' military relationship. The agreement consolidates, clarifies and updates provisions of numerous bilateral agreements that supplemented the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement of 1990. It coincides with vastly expanded military arms transfers and training between the two militaries during the last three years. With the signing of the CTA, U.S. - Greek military ties are stronger than at any time in recent memory," said a U.S. embassy press release.
"Last week the American Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, visited Thessaloniki, where he praised the strong defense relationship between our two countries. The signing of the CTA this afternoon at NATO headquarters testifies to the strength and dynamism of that relationship, whose framework now reflects the reality of two NATO partners working cooperatively in the region," U.S. Ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns said afterwards.
Source: Athens News Agency