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Coalition parties remain sceptical about Greek bailout plan

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPartners of the ruling coalition in Latvia agreed this Friday, 17 July, that the government will agree to provide a mandate to Finance Minister Janis Reirs in order to him to participate in European finance ministers talks about the bailout plan for Greece.

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said after the coalition meeting that partners agreed to provide a mandate to begin talks. It is also expected that the finance minister will provide regular updates to the government in regard to the progress of talks and Greece’s progress in realizing reforms.

Partners of the coalition have agreed – if it becomes necessary to vote for a new loan, it will have to be approved by the Saeima. In addition, coalition partners mentioned their scepticism in regard to the new loan.

«Personally I am very careful in this matter, as it dips deeply into trust and belief,» – said the PM. She says she would not vote in favour of a new bailout plan if such a vote surfaced in the near future. She added that she does support conditions that have been proposed to Greece. If the country overcomes the path of reforms, it will be possible to take on the road to development, added the politician.

Decisions of the Greek parliament were only the first step toward completion of set conditions, said Straujuma.

Member of the board of Union of Greens and Farmers Edgars Tavars said UGF discussed the aforementioned matter today and agreed to allow the Reirs to participate in talks and provide frequent updates to the government on this matter.

Tavars emphasized that the decision regarding a possible loan should be made during a Saeima plenary meeting, so that opposition parties can participate as well. «Based on currently available information, we feel that all this could end with a write-off of debts. This is why we would not support guarantees or allocation of money to Greece,» – concluded the politician.

Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards said the National Alliance also agrees to allow Reirs to participate in talks. Conditions set for Greece are nothing short of draconian, said Gerhards, adding that it would be best if these conditions are met.

At the same time, all politicians emphasized that this matter depends on the development of the situation and the ability of the Greek government to carry out its duties.

The Saeima could review this matter at the end of August.

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