The referendum on the creditors’ proposal next Sunday (July 5) is part of Greece's negotiating process, Government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis said during an interview with public broadcaster ERT on Tuesday evening.
He also revealed that the government sent on Tuesday a request to the IMF to defer, by its own initiative, the payment of the loan installment set for today, until November, and that the Bank of Greece has also submitted a request to the ECB to increase the cap on the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) it provides to Greek banks.
Commenting on today’s developments, Dragasakis said the government is open for negotiations adding it is seeking “a viable agreement for us but also our partners.”
He said there’s a need for a solution which will not be based on submission or on causing a blind rift, while he reiterated the government’s position for making the country’s debt sustainable.
Asked about the referendum, Dragasakis said that either the result is “No” or “Yes”, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will symbolize the Greek people’s struggle for dignity.