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09 October, 2001
Main opposition New Democracy on Monday expressed its complete backing of the fight against terrorism, after a meeting at the party's headquarters chaired by ND leader Costas Karamanlis.
"We have to stay united in the fight against those who seek to undermine the foundations of the free world. This is not a battle between cultures and religions but a defense of our principles and values," Karamanlis said.
The ND leader said Greece would participate in this battle in the framework of the United Nations, NATO and the European Union.
Meanwhile, in comments earlier on Monday, honorary New Democracy president Constantine Mitsotakis said the air attacks by the United States against Afghanistan were to be expected and unavoidable.
He said they marked the start of military operations that would last a long time and take many forms.
He also said that the message by Osama bin Laden was a political mistake, since he had indirectly taken responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and removed the onus of proof from the Americans.
Source: Athens News Agency