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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-06-28

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  • [01] French PM Manuel Valls: 'Agreement is still possible'

  • [01] French PM Manuel Valls: 'Agreement is still possible'

    PARIS (ANA-MPA/ O. Tsipira) An agreement was still possible, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an interview to French media on Sunday, urging the Greek government to return to the negotiating table. "A deal is still possible, I invite the Greek government to come back to the negotiation table," Valls told Europe 1, Le Monde and iTELE in a joint interview. "I cannot resign myself to Greece leaving the eurozone. We must find a solution." He also underlined his conviction that ECB funding to Greek banks should be continued, even if Greece misses the June 30 payment to the IMF. "The European Central Bank is independent, but I don't doubt it will assume its responsibilities. I don't think it can cut off support, to put it another way," Valls said, adding that "This is not something that we want." "It is the Greek people who are suffering now. Don't add to that," he pointed out, saying that it now behooved the ECB to independently assume its responsibilities to provide financial support over the coming days, when it would undoubtedly be needed. The French prime minister also underlined that "we will do everything to keep Greece in the eurozone and this means respect to Greece and to democracy but also respect for European rules. We continue to believe, with Francois Hollande and Michel Sapin, that an agreement is still possible. I urge the Greek government to return to the negotiating table," he said. Even though Europe might be able to overcome the Greek issue, Valls added, "the repercussions on a political and economic level are unknown to all." Regarding the referendum on July 5, Valls warned that there was a real danger that a negative vote might lead to Greece's exit from the euro and the Greek government must take responsibility for its choices. "What is at stake is staying in or exiting the euro zone," he underlined. "If there is a negative vote, there is a real risk of exiting the eurozone." "The Greeks are a sovereign people. France did everything to find a solution, we played our role. The Greek government decided unilaterally to break off the negotiations.
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