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Sarkozy discusses Greece referendum with ministers

11-02-2011 09:13 BJT

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French President, Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken to reporters after holding an emergency government meeting of top ministers, to discuss the Greek referendum.

He said, "France insists that the plan adopted last Thursday, unanimously by all 17 members of the eurozone, is the only way possible to resolve the Greek debt problem. Giving the people a say is always legitimate, but the solidarity of all countries of the eurozone cannot work unless each one consents to the necessary efforts.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy makes a statement
after a top ministerial meeting about the euro crisis
outside the Elysee Palace in Paris November 1, 2011.
Sarkozy said on Tuesday Europe was taken by surprise
after Greece's decision to call for a referendum on
its 130 billion-euro ($180 billion) bailout package,
but said that the deal was the only way to resolve
its debt crisis. President Sarkozy and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold an emergency
meeting with Greece on Wednesday to push for a
quick implementation of the Athen's bailout deal.
REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

That’s why France and Germany took the initiative to bring together all European institutions and the International Monetary Fund tomorrow, before the G-20 summit opens, to examine with the Greek Prime Minister the conditions under which the commitments made will be kept. "

After speaking by phone on Tuesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany Chancellor Merkel have agreed to convene leading European institutions to "examine the conditions" under which the rescue plan can now be carried out. President Sarkozy says the Greek prime minister’s announcement of a referendum stunned all of Europe. He said the hard-fought European bailout plan for Greece is the "only way possible" to resolve Greece’s debt crisis.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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