President calls Tusk, Merkel, Tsipras, in efforts to mediate
President Nicos Anastasiades had a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Tuesday, as part of his initiative on Greece, whose economic programme expired at midnight.
Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said that the telephone conversation aimed to help achieve an agreement with Greece.
On Monday he spoke with German Chancellor Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Tsipras has called a referendum for July 5 asking the Greek people to say if they agree with the latest proposals by Greece’s international creditors on the conditions they laid down to extend the current programme.
Greece needed to make a 1.5 bln euro debt repayment to the IMF by Tuesday. With the ECB keeping its emergency funding to Greek banks unchanged, the government imposed as of Monday bank closure until July 6, coupled with capital controls.
On Monday, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker urged the Greek electorate to vote ‘yes’ and avoid a national catastrophe, while several European leaders have said that a ‘no’ vote may lead Greece out of the euro
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that Greece needs to remain a member of the EU and the Eurozone, expressing support to the Greek people.
Asked about his telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, Kasoulides said he was briefed on the situation and the impending referendum the government has called regarding the Greek bailout offer.
Times are very crucial for Greece and Cyprus is taking the lead in efforts to keep the country in the Eurozone, Anastasiades said on Monday after the end of negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.
The President said Cyprus was in favour of a “strong Greece” and spoke of the need of a programme that will bring the country back to recovery and provide relief to the Greek people.
Moreover he said that his and the Finance initiatives were well-known, for a number of issues, such as the viability of the debt.
We will do everything in our power, in order for Greece to stay in the Eurozone and in order to conclude a programme that will help Greece in this direction, the President noted. Ministry’s important