BERLIN May 4 Greece's international lenders are
preparing possible debt relief measures for Athens for
discussion by euro zone finance ministers, German business daily
Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.
The European Commission, the ESM euro zone rescue fund, the
European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have
prepared various debt measures in a document which will be sent
to euro zone finance ministers for further discussion, the paper
said, citing people familiar with the document.
One option in the document was for the ESM to take over
loans paid out by the IMF. The advantage would be lower interest
rates charged by the ESM.
Other options included extending debt maturities, and the
ECB and national central banks sending profits made on Greek
bonds to Athens, via national governments, Handelsblatt
(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michelle Martin)