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Q and A with Greek State TV Channel NET

Marc Grossman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs
On Eve of U.S.-EU Summit
Washington, DC
June 24, 2003

NET journalist Fanis Papathanasiou was in Washington for the US-EU Summit

(In progress)

UNDERSECRETARY GROSSMAN:  We are not members of the European Union, but our view is that the Greek Presidency has produced some important results, and those results will be seen tomorrow when President Bush and leaders of the European Union get together.  I would say those important results have to do with an increased commitment, on the part of both of our countries, to counter terrorism, to counter weapons of mass destruction, to work on some of the economic issues between Europe and the U.S.

Q:  The war created problems, tension rather, between the Europe and the U.S.  What led to this controversy?

UNDERSECRETARY GROSSMAN:  With respect, I think this was much more controversial in Europe than between Europe and America.

Q:  Can the two sides put the largest difficulties behind them?

UNDERSECRETARY GROSSMAN:  Well, I think, as Minister Papandreou has said on many occasions, we share so much with Europe, we share values with Europe, we share the commitment to doing the right thing with Europe, and those are things that sustain us.  Controversies come and go but here we are, were here today and we welcome our European partners to come to the White House.  Im sure it will be a very successful meeting.

Released on July 2, 2003

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