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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-28

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  • [01] Target is to sign agreement by August 18, Gerovasili says

  • [01] Target is to sign agreement by August 18, Gerovasili says

    ANA-MPA -- An agreement between Greece and its creditors can be reached by August 18 provided there is "good will," Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said on Tuesday to the radio station 'Real FM'. She ruled out the need for additional prior actions, noting that all written agreements referred only to the "two packages" that have already been passed by the Greek Parliament. "No other proposal is officially on the agenda or the table at this time," she said. Regarding unofficial rumours to the contrary, Gerovasili noted that a number of views were currently clashing concerning Greece: "There are the hardliners that don't want Greece on a European course and there are, of course, others that are luckily in the majority, who want Greece to find its way within the EU," she said. She said the goal was to sign the agreement on August 18 and for the first review to beheld after approximately three months. Another of the government's goals was to get to the start of a discussion on the debt, as was necessary. On the issue of elections, Gerovasili said that the government's goal was to wrap up the key elements of an agreement "without change to the agenda in this direction" and then initiate other processes, including elections if these were deemed necessary. Commenting on a meeting addressed by anti-memorandum hardliner and 'rebel' MP Panagiotis Lafazanis on Monday night, Gerovasili said that this confirmed that a minority in SYRIZA's Parliamentary group had chosen a rift with the rest of the party. "SYRIZA, however, is not this. This is a minority view. There are decisions by 27 prefecture committees in Greece to date that have a different view," she pointed out. The issues linked to the 'rebels' would be resolved by SYRIZA's Political Secretariat during its meeting on Tuesday afternoon, she added, noting that the dilemmas that had arisen were between staying or leaving the EU and whether the Left would stay in government or not. On the Varoufakis plans, she confirmed that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had asked for a study on the possible impact of Greece leaving the euro as a "line of defence," given that certain European circles appeared to be pushing for a 'Grexit'. She advised reporters to wait and see "how things unfold...and what of all this has some basis."
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