- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Cyprus shares grief
The Cypriot ambassador will tell her guests at a national day celebration tonight that Cyprus shares the pain and grief that Americans feel over the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"We feel the need to tell our American friends that our bonds are now stronger than ever before and that we stand in full solidarity with you during this difficult time," Ambassador Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis told Embassy Row yesterday.
"Having also suffered during tragic periods of our recent history when thousands of our citizens were killed, injured or are still missing as a result of foreign aggression that still keeps our island and people forcibly divided we want you to know that we fully share your pain and grief."
Turkey asserted its right to protect Turkish-Cypriot citizens after a 1974 coup engineered by Greek military officers. Since then, more than 30,000 troops have been stationed on the northern part of the island to support a Turkish-Cypriot government, which is recognized only by Turkey.
Mrs. Kozakou-Marcoullis thanked the United States for its consistent policy of calling for the reunification of the island under a federal government representing both communities.
"The American people have unreservedly stood for justice and for the reunification of Cyprus," she said. "Now it is our turn to stand on your side, demanding justice and the eradication of the evil of terrorism."
The attack on the United States "was an attack against all of us, against the very principles and values we believe in," she said.

Kuwait bullish on U.S.
Kuwait, with tens of billions of dollars invested in the U.S. economy, is confident that the United States will rebound from the financial crisis created by the terrorist attacks.
"Kuwait continues to view the American financial markets as an attractive investment opportunity based on the inherent strength and resilience of the American economy," Kuwaiti Finance Minister Yousef Hamad Ebraheem said in a statement released by the Kuwaiti Embassy's information office.
"The disruptions in the U.S. and other major international financial markets are temporary in nature. Since the [Kuwait Investment Authority] is a long-term investor, these disruptions will not affect the investment decisions."
Kuwait has more than $80 billion in foreign investments.
Shaffeeq Ghabra, director of the Kuwait Information Office, added, "This economic decision is another sign of Kuwait's commitment to its American ally."
Kuwait, liberated from Iraqi occupation by President Bush in 1991, is one of the strongest Arab supporters of the U.S. coalition against terrorism.

Papandreou's visit
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou today meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to discuss Greece's plans to fight international terrorism.
Mr. Papandreou also will meet other administration officials and members of Congress.
"The entire political leadership of Greece has denounced the atrocious crime against the United States on Sept. 11 and pledged Greece's complete solidarity with Washington as a member of NATO and the European Union in the common struggle against the terrorist scourge," the Greek Embassy said yesterday.
Greece has agreed to allow U.S. military aircraft to use Greek airfields in a planned response to the terrorist attacks.
Mr. Powell thanked Greece for its support when he swore in Thomas Miller as U.S. ambassador to Greece last month.
Mr. Papandreou tomorrow will visit New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios and visit the remains of the World Trade Center. Dozens of Greeks and Greek-Americans were killed in the terrorist attack, which also destroyed the historic Greek Orthodox church of St. Nicholas.

Ambassador to Yemen
Edmund James Hull, a counterterrorism specialist, presented his diplomatic credentials yesterday as the new U.S. ambassador to Yemen, where suicide terrorists killed 17 sailors in an attack on the USS Cole last year.
Mr. Hull, a career diplomat, has served as principle deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department since 1999. He is also a former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.

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