Government Spokesman: ‘Greece Willing to Compromise with Creditors’



Sakellaridis“The main issue of the negotiations is to have a medium-term settlement of the financing gap and liquidity and to reach one single agreement,” government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis said on Monday, during the press briefing. He also left open the possibility of another extension to Greece’s bailout, a program that Tsipras had promised to scrap when he was elected earlier this year.

“The extension of the deal alone does not meet the Greek society’s needs,” he added. The government has also raised the debt issue and has tabled a specific proposal to the institutions, he noted. “The mission of the Greek delegation is to explore the possibility of a solution that satisfies both sides.”

Regarding the VAT on islands, he said that it is included in the government’s proposals. Asked what the government awaits from Wednesday’s meeting of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, Sakellaridis expressed his hope that the efforts for a solution acceptable for the government and the institutions will prevail.

Sakellaridis also said that the government’s allies are those who seek a solution and stability in the eurozone and recognize the right of the people to be able to define its policies within the agreements made. He also stressed that the snap election scenarios are not part of the government’s plans.