Terror in Greece, the US Embassy and the 4th of July

United States Strongly Objects to Event Honoring 17 November..

that took place in the Athens law School !  amb_speech

The Embassy of the United States of America in Greece expressed its strong objection to the event held on June 27 at the University of Athens Law School and organized by the School of Economic and Political Sciences in honor of the book by convicted 17 November terrorist Dimitris Koufontinas.  The prisoner spoke by phone from prison.
This event was not a matter of academic freedom but an effort for a convicted murderer to make money from book sales.  Such an event is offensive to the memory of 17 November’s victims and to their survivors, the Embassy emphasized by its 2nd of July Press Release  concluding that the United States of America reaffirms its close and strong working relationship with the Government of Greece, including ongoing collaboration on counterterrorism  .

It is interesting that this, strongly expressed, US objection on the key matter of terrorism in this country, on such a fragile moment, was almost not considered important news by most of the Greek media, (as they constantly and systematically are leaded by the gov.’s voice) Actually on the 3rd of July News, the US objection on the Law School pro-terrorism offensive event, was shown on the News Program of one of the private channels,  by the US Ambassador’s statement on camera, but was announced by the journalist, as an on the side statement of the Ambassador on the occasion of the 4th of July, avoiding, of course, to emphasize the importance of an official Press Release of the Embassy on such an issue  .

 greece-topper   There was, indeed, this year as well, the reception traditionally held at the ambassador’s residence in Athens, for the 4th of July Independence Day, and took place, indeed, two days before, on Wednesday July 2nd.
U.S. ambassador to Greece David Pearce, made a clear statement as the host of the US Indepenednce Day event, undelining that “it is in the interests of the United States for Greece to exit from the crisis stronger”.
Ambassador Pearce expressed his admiration for the  Greek civilisation and the Greek culture and showed by all means his optimism for Greece’s future.
The U.S. ambassador stressed  that he will do his best for the relationships of the two countries to become more tight and improved.
“It is a transition period, and I feel privileged to be Ambassador at such a time in Greek history.  I will do all I can to strengthen and improve the many ties between us, to build on and invest even more in our relationship.  Let me repeat this in Greek.
Κι εγώ προσωπικά θα κάνω ό,τι μπορώ για να ενδυναμώσουμε τους ήδη ισχυρούς μας δεσμούς.  Είναι προς συμφέρον των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών να βγει η Ελλάδα από την κρίση πιo δυνατή.
Times of transition can bring profound change, but some things are unchanging, like the truths set down in our Declaration of Independence.  We believe that, and I quote, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  If we get these basics right, we will be well equipped to meet the challenges and possibilities of the future.  “