Central Banker: Greek Debt Talks May Start Apr 15; Country Will Repay 3.5 Billion to ECB in July

Central Banker: Greek Debt Talks May Start Apr 15; Country Will Repay 3.5 Billion to ECB in July

The debate on the reduction of Greece’s public debt is likely to start the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) spring meeting on April 15, the country’s central banker Yiannis Stounaras said in an interview with Italian paper “Il Sole 24 ore” on Sunday, adding that the country will repay 3.5 billion euros to the ECB in July through the ESM.
Concerning debt talks, the head of the Bank of Greece said: “It is a commitment of the Eurogroup on November 28, 2012, when I was finance minister. According to this commitment, if Greece achieves a primary surplus and if it implements the necessary reforms, then its partners will take some measures to ease the debt. This commitment has not been fulfilled yet. I hope our partners, as well as the IMF, will be in a position to fulfill this commitment, because it’s not just a promise, it’s an agreement.”
Asked by the paper whether Greece will be able to repay its looming debt tranche to the ECB, Stournaras said the government is “negotiating effectively with its partners and there will be an agreement with its creditors for the ESM to repay the tranche, which will the ECB to be repaid.”


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