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Greek negotiator says bailout offer was easy to refuse

7:09pm BST - 01:23

Greek chief negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos says the Greece bailout proposal would not have worked. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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As Greeks prepare for a referendum Sunday over the course of their future, the country's top debt negotiator tells a Greek TV station that they were given an offer they could only refuse. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREECE'S CHIEF NEGOTIATOR, EUCLID TSAKALOTOS, APPEARING ON TELEVISION PANEL WITH TWO JOURNALISTS, SAYING: "We can't sign something that says: 'Sign here, and if you are obedient children in October, or Christmas we'll take a look into the issue of your debt relief." Euclid Tsakalotos says its a cure worse than the disease. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREECE'S CHIEF NEGOTIATOR, EUCLID TSAKALOTOS, APPEARING ON TELEVISION PANEL WITH TWO JOURNALISTS, SAYING: "We say that this bailout proposal cannot work. So what are we supposed to do under the circumstances, where we don't believe - not ideologically, but in practice - that the proposal doesn't work. So we had a choice, either for us to bring it to parliament and for it to not pass, and, in my opinion, Syriza lawmakers and the cabinet would not vote in favor of it, and not because Syriza or Independent Greek lawmakers are ideological hard-heads, but because it wouldn't work." Polling shows the so-called 'Yes' and 'No' camps neck-and-neck ahead of Sunday's referendum. With the Prime Minister calling for a "no" vote while some European policy makers are pushing for a "Yes" vote.

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Greek negotiator says bailout offer was easy to refuse

7:09pm BST - 01:23