Greek Labor Minister Panos Skourletis said on Tuesday that Athens cannot make more concessions in negotiations for further financial aid in return for reforms and said international creditors must assume their responsibilities.
“There is no room for more compromises. We are waiting for the other side to assume its responsibilities,» Skourletis said on Greek television, adding that there should be a political solution to the Greek debt problem.
SYRIZA parliamentary spokesman Nikos Filis also said that Greece will not accept an ultimatum and the government cannot sign an agreement that is incompatible with the party’s anti-austerity program.
“If we are talking about an ultimatum… which is not within the framework of the popular mandate, it is obvious that the government cannot co-sign and accept it,” Filis said on Greek television.
The party spokesman took it a step further saying that if twelve or more SYRIZA MPs vote against the proposed deal, then the country should go to general elections.
Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis said the Greek government will not accept “any ultimatums” from the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“We will not submit to blackmail,” he told an Athens meeting of European United Left-Nordic Green Left on Tuesday.
Minister of Shipping and the Aegean Theodoros Dritsas said on Greek radio on Tuesday that Greece will not sign an agreement that will include recessionary reforms. Regarding the Piraeus Port, he said he is against its privatization as creditors have suggested, adding that privatizations in general “are not in SYRIZA’s DNA.”