Saturday, April 2, 2016

Greece asks for explanations to the IMF on a document published by Wikileaks – The Express

The Greek government demands the IMF’s explanations for whether the search conditions of a Greek default, shortly before the referendum (on whether to maintain in the EU), is the position official Fund , “said the spokesman of the Government Olga Gerovassili in a statement.

Soon after, the office of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that he would raise this matter with the leader of the IMF and European leaders.

Prime Minister will immediately send an official letter to Christine Lagarde on this issue “, his office said.

We do not comment on leaks of supposed reports of internal discussions ,” responded the IMF in an emailed statement.

We have made clear what we think necessary for a sustainable solution to the economic problems facing Greece “, he added, a solution “ that puts Greece on a path of sustainable growth, supported by a series of credible reforms matching to debt relief by its European partners . ”

The necessary reforms and objectives must be based on credible assumptions. As we said, this is a compromise between what is feasible on the reforms and the amount of debt relief required , “the funds.

Early Saturday, WikiLeaks has published what the organization has as a transcript of a telephone conference held on 19 March between particular Poul Thomsen, head of the Fund’s European department, and Delia Velculescu, head of mission IMF for Greece.

They discuss the strategy to adopt in the negotiations, while the IMF has not agreed to the latest aid plan in Athens, discussions stumbling including pension reform and tax reform.

He complained of the slowness of the talks and the differences between the economic forecasts for Greece Europeans and those of the IMF, Mr. Thomsen asks: “ What will bring the point decision ‘in the past, there was a time when the decision was taken and that’s when they (the Greeks) were seriously short of money and in default . ”

And it is possibly this will happen again. And in this case it drags until July and clearly the Europeans are not going to discuss during the month before Brexit , “he added in reference to the British referendum on June 23

I agree that we need an event, but I do not know what it will ,” said a little later Mrs. Velculescu.

The discussion between Greece and its creditors quartet representative – European Commission, IMF, ECB and the eurozone support fund (ESM) – are scheduled to resume Monday after a two week break.

The Greek left government regularly accuses the IMF to engage in a counterproductive austerity upmanship, even as his country faces in first line to the migration crisis.


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