Tsipras: Our responsibility to say ‘no’ if we don’t reach an honorable compromise

Tsipras: Our responsibility to say ‘no’ if we don’t reach an honorable compromise

Athens, June 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The Greek government oughts to make critical decisions and evaluate the outcome of the negotiations based on the financial viability and social acceptability Alexis Tsipras stated after his meeting with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, clarifying that the possibility of resorting to the polls is not being examined. He underlined that seeks an honorable agreement if it is not reached, the government and personally assume the political cost of a ‘no’ to the continuation of a catastrophic policy.

Asked after the meeting at the Maximos Mansion with the Austrian Chancellor, if there is the possibility of a referendum, the Greek Prime Minister replied that the government has recently been given a popular mandate to negotiate a concrete and viable solution. The government, he added, will judge any outcome of the negotiations, based on the viability and social acceptability of the proposal.

“The option to call the people to the polls is not in our minds”, said the prime Minister and added that there is a choice: “Solution, economically viable that can be accepted by society and the Parliament”.

“If not, then the government will take the responsibility to make important decisions. I do not avoid taking decisions or ‘throw the ball to the stands'”, said the prime minister and noted that if there is an honorable compromise he will bear the cost to complete the deal. “If there is no honest compromise, again we, myself and the government will take the responsibility to say a big ‘no’ ‘to the continuation of a destructive policy”, he said.

In his initial statements Tsipras assured that the government has submitted comprehensive proposals to cover the financial gap that meet the requirements of the Institutions both for 2015 and 2016. He noted that the gradual cancellation of early retirement by 2016 would bring in the period 2016-2022 saving of around 2.5 billion euros, with a progressive increase for 2016. Obviously, however, he clarified that in 2016 the savings cannot be 1.8 billion euros, but 300 million, underlining that this is a major reform.

Also the Prime Minister described as ‘incomprehensible’ the persistence of creditors for finding funds from new cuts in pensions and said that the political leaderships must take political decisions or otherwise assume responsibility for the resulting cost.

Greece and Austria have traditionally close relations and we are determined to strengthen these ties, Tsipras added.

For his part, Faymann added that he cannot imagine the future of Europe without Greece and assured that it would offer its support to whatever may lead to a compromise that would respect both sides.

“I do not see the solution in front of me right now, but I am convinced that if we want something, the chances are very good… It is a common duty for Europe, including the eurozone, to look at the future together”.

“Getting out of the crisis should not focus on horizontal cuts. Reductions are not everything. Instead there must be investments and is our responsibility to combat fraud and wrongdoing, corruption in general”, said the Austrian Chancellor.