Skourletis: We cannot back down on the Memorandum

Skourletis: We cannot back down on the Memorandum

Athens, February 12, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“We cannot back down on the Memorandum”, Greek Labour Minister Panos Skourletis said to SKAI television, in the wake of the extraordinary Eurogroup meeting, which ended without an agreement on the Greek issue.

“We made it clear before the election, as well as during the process of the vote of confidence to the government, that we are not going to discuss about an extension of the existing program. (…) The people supports its own way this effort and we cannot back down. We don’t want to do and it wouldn’t make any sense”, Skourletis stressed.

“We will not agree to a joint communique that speaks of a technical extension of the Memorandum”, he said.

However, the minister appeared optimistic for an agreement in Monday’s Eurogroup, but made it clear that not all issues will close on Monday. “The Greek government wants an agreement-bridge and a viable solution to the debt issue, the minister explained, estimating that the partners will not show stiffness in the next Eurogroup.

“The views of Mr. Kammenos and anybody else’s for help from China and Russia are absolutely respectable, but they are personally”, he explained.