Saturday, April 2, 2016

WikiLeaks: Greece requires explanation to the IMF – The Point

The document published by WikiLeaks citing ongoing negotiations between Athens and its creditors and in which representatives of the International Monetary Fund suggest a possible default of the country has not rained in Athens. “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 official position of the 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. “The prime minister will immediately send an official letter to Christine Lagarde on this issue,” his office said.

Early Saturday, WikiLeaks has published what the organization has as a transcript of a conference call held on 19 March between particular Poul Thomsen, head of the Fund’s European department, and Delia Velculescu, IMF mission chief for Greece. They discuss the strategy to adopt in the negotiations, while the IMF has not agreed to the latest aid plan in Athens, including discussions stumbling on the pension reform and tax reform.

the discussions will resume

He complained of the slowness of the talks and the differences between the economic forecasts for Greece Europeans and those of the IMF, Poul Thomsen asks: “what will bring decision point? 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 be in default. ” “And that’s possibly what 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 of June 23 “I agree that we need an event, but I do not know what it will be,” said a little later Delia Velculescu.

The discussions between Greece and the quartet representing its creditors – the European Commission, IMF, ECB and the eurozone support fund (ESM) – are scheduled to resume Monday after two weeks of 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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