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Papandreou voices Greek support for US

Foreign Minister George Papandreou was to visit the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York late yesterday in the company of Orthodox Archbishop of America Demetrios, following his meetings with senior US officials on addressing international terrorism. Speaking to US media, Papandreou said there was not a single Greek in the world who did not categorically condemn the attacks. Earlier yesterday, Papandreou, who arrived in the USA on Tuesday following visits to Germany and Russia, said Greece accepts evidence presented by Washington to NATO members on Tuesday, adding that Greece is committed to supporting the USA in its campaign against international terrorism. In Athens, US embassy officials provided senior Greek diplomats with a verbal briefing on the matter, along with a number of documents believed to have been the same that were presented at the NATO briefing in Brussels. During talks late on Tuesday with Papandreou, US Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed his gratitude for Greece’s support for the US in the wake of the attacks and for Greek assistance to US military forces. Papandreou said he and Powell had also discussed regional issues including the Balkans, Cyprus, Turkey and the Middle East. He also said he expected the European Union to be more tolerant of Russian conduct in Chechnya as a result of Russian support for the US campaign against terrorism.