EU says no fi­nal Greece deal ex­pected at Juncker-Tsipras talks

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Talks be­tween Greek Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras and Euro­pean Com­mis­sion head Jean- Claude Juncker later Wed­nes­day are not ex­pected to pro­duce a fi­nal deal on Greece’s bailout, Juncker’s spokesman said.

“We do not ex­pect any fi­nal out­come tonight, this is a first dis­cus­sion not a con­clud­ing one,” spokes- man Mar­gari­tis Schi­nas told a news brief­ing, say­ing that the meet­ing at 1830 GMT was a “per­sonal in­vi­ta­tion”.

“This is the mo­ment for the ne­go­ti­a­tions to con­cen­trate on the es­sen­tial. The es­sen­tial is the re­main­ing few is­sues where there are still dif­fer­ences,” added Schi­nas.

He de­clined to con­firm that Eu­rogroup chief and Dutch for­eign min­is­ter Jeroen Di­js­sel­bloem would at­tend too, amid re­ports that Tsipras did not want the hard­liner at the talks.

Juncker said ear­lier that his meet­ing with Tsipras still had some hur­dles to over­come.

“I still have some prob­lems to sort out in con­nec­tion with what we call the Greek case, which will re­quire me to hold var­i­ous meet­ings to­day, in­clud­ing one with the Greek prime min­is­ter,” Juncker said.

Greece and its cred­i­tors — the EU, In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund and Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank — are ex­pected Wed­nes­day to ex­change their ri­val re­form plans in a bid to reach a deal that would fi­nally un­lock 7.2 bil­lion eu­ros (US$8 bil­lion) in vi­tally needed bailout funds for Athens af­ter a four-month stand-off.

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