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Tsipras: Athens ready to talk

Monday, July 06, 2015 - 00:54

Greek PM Tsipras says Athens is ready to return to negotiating table, now that the country turned a page in history by rejecting bailout proposals in a referendum. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) system.scripts. STORY: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed a 'No' vote in Sunday's (July 5) referendum on a bailout offer, and said his government was ready to return immediately to negotiations with creditors in a bid to get shuttered banks open again. "Today, all of us together, turned a bright page in modern European history. We proved that even under the most difficult circumstances, democracy cannot be blackmailed," Tsipras said in a televised address to Greeks. Dismissing talk that the referendum was effectively a vote on whether Greece stays in the euro, Tsipras said the mandate that Greeks had given him was to reach a viable solution rather than clash with Europe. "Today, considering last week's very difficult circumstances, you made a very brave choice. However I am fully aware that the mandate here is not a mandate to break with Europe, but a mandate to strengthen our negotiation position to seek a viable solution," Tsipras said. "This time the issue of debt will also be on the negotiating table, even more so because the IMF admitted to it in its last statement," he added, referring to a report by the International Monetary Fund which argues that Greece's massive public debt could not be sustained without significant writedowns. Tsipras said he would ask Greece's president to summon a meeting of political party leaders to brief them on the situation.

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Tsipras: Athens ready to talk

Monday, July 06, 2015 - 00:54