Athens, July 7, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Joint Communiqué signed the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the four political leaders, except KKE, after a nearly 7-hour council meeting of political leaders in the presidential palace.
According to reports, the French President Francois Hollande was the one who asked to get the signatures of political leaders under the joint communiqué.
The whole announcement:
“At the request of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the President of the Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos convened today, July 6, 2015 at 10:00, a meeting of political leaders of parties represented in parliament, under his presidency.
In the meeting took part:
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,
The interim leader of New Democracy, in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Evangelos Meimarakis,
The Head of the Party “The River”, Mr. Stavros Theodorakis,
The Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Mr. Dimitrios Koutsoubas,
The President of the Independent Greeks, Mr. Panagiotis Kammenos and
The President of the “Panhellenic Socialist Movement”, Mrs. Fofi Genimmata.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister proceeded to inform political leaders about the initiatives he intends to take immediately after the result of Sunday’s referendum. Then the political leaders expressed their individual proposals.
At the end of the meeting, political leaders – with the disagreement of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Mr. Dimitrios Koutsoubas, registered in detail in the Proceedings of the meeting – agreed on a joint statement:
“The recent verdict of the Greek People does not constitute an instruction for a rupture, but a mandate to pursue and consolidate the effort to achieve a socially just and economically viable agreement.
To this end, the Government assumes responsibility for the continuation of negotiations. And all political leaders will contribute, respectively, within their institutional and political role.
The common objective is to seek a solution which will ensure:
Adequately coverage the financing needs of the country.
Credible reforms, based on the fair distribution of burdens and promoting development, with the least possible recessionary effects.
Powerful, front-loaded, development program, primarily for combating unemployment and encouraging entrepreneurship.
Committed to start a fundamental debate on dealing with the problem of sustainability of the Greek public debt.
Immediate priority is to restore liquidity to the financial system, in consultation with the ECB.
The Prime Minister promised to inform political leaders, immediately after the forthcoming summit, for the first conclusions to be drawn and for the overall progress of the negotiations”.
On the assumption that the prime minister sought the support of political leaders proceeded government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis in the aftermath of the referendum, noting in a statement that that the next steps of the government relate to policy initiatives to achieve a sustainable agreement.
The announcement of Sakellaridis:
Tsipras asked the leaders to back him up
The Council of Political Leaders, the day after the referendum, could not ignore the mass, majority and clear message of the Greek people.
The mandate, that is, for an effective and sustainable European solution that allocates weights with social justice terms, will regulate the issue of debt, will ensure the growth prospects of the Greek economy and of course will restore the liquidity of banks.
The Prime Minister called for the support of political leaders to implement the decision of the Greek people. The Greek government with responsibility and fully aware of the critical moments proceeds immediately to take all necessary political initiatives to achieve agreement as soon as possible.