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EU leaders must accept need for Greek debt relief – Doherty

11 July, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance, Pearse Doherty TD, has outlined the importance of EU leaders in accepting the need for debt relief for Greece as the Eurogroup meet today in Berlin. 

Deputy Doherty said:

“Following the reforms recently accepted by the Syriza led Greek parliament, EU leaders must respond in kind and accept the need for Greek debt relief. The Greek government has shown a willingness to compromise and have stretched their mandate to the limit. Failure to put debt relief on the table by European leaders will be a major impediment to any solution being reached. 

“A reciprocal deal on debt relief is a necessity in easing the burden of austerity on Greece who have suffered terribly in the past number of years. The Greek government in their five months of power have shown great courage and resilience. 

“I am urging Michael Noonan, as he joins the other leaders Berlin today, to set aside parish pump political considerations, and be amenable to accepting the need for Greek debt relief. This would allow for a process which would ease the misery inflicted by austerity policies on millions of people.

"It is my hope that a sustainable and just solution is reached and that recovery and economic development for the people of Greece will be facilitated.”

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