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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-05-16

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] The agreement must be realistic, State Min Pappas says
  • [02] Greece does not need elections or referendum, Defence Min Kammenos says

  • [01] The agreement must be realistic, State Min Pappas says

    "The agreement must be realistic and implementable. But mainly to define the new day for the country, the restart of the Greek economy and growth," State Minister Nikos Pappas on Saturday said in an interview with newspaper 'Efimerida ton Syntakton', adding that the red lines will not be violated.

    Asked what the government will do in case some deputies do not vote for the new agreement, he replied: "Everyone can have his own view. But we all have a historical responsibility right now. And we will be judged by our actions in the Parliament and not by what we say."

    He underlined that Greece has proved its willingness to find a solution and added: "The solution of the Greek problem is primarily a political one. The technical staff cannot operate autonomised but must respect the rules of negotiation, democratic legitimacy and a common European course and targeting. They will be held accountable to the institutions for all these and as a result they will be held accountable to the Greek government too," Pappas noted.

    [02] Greece does not need elections or referendum, Defence Min Kammenos says

    Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos in an interview with Parapolitika newspaper on Saturday expressed the view that Greece does not need either elections or referendum, as the government has a fresh popular mandate and the support of the people has been further strengthened after the elections.

    Kammenos sent a message to Greece's creditors that they also have to meet their obligations towards Greece which has shown great consistency in its own obligations, while reiterating that the government aim is to find a solution, but without violating the "red lines."

    "It is not possible that the Greek state pays its creditors, but it does not receive what it is entitled to," Kammenos noted, adding that "the country's priority is not to pay the creditors, but to pay the necessary money in order for the state to run smoothly. Salaries and pensions, education, health defence. That is what we will do from now on."

    On the negotiations, he said that "Greece will continue its efforts to find a solution within the framework of the mandate and the red lines set so as not to surrender the sovereignty of the country and not to accept alteration of the Constitution and the Democracy."

    He underlined that the government has made great efforts so as to avoid a rift with the creditors, adding that several concessions have also been made, but not in issues considered red lines.


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