• Tsipras chides EU, IMF for reform assessment delay

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    ATHENS: An assessment of Greece’s attempts to reform its struggling economy is being held up by disagreements between the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said.

    “Negotiations on the reform plan have fallen behind, which is in nobody’s interest,” he said Sunday, cited by the Avghi daily, close to Tspiras’ Syriza party.

    Greece sent creditors its pension reform plans at the start of January but “to date we have had no official response from the institutions, which is due to disagreements at their heart,” Tsipras asserted.

    Facing fears it may yet have to quit the eurozone, cash-strapped Greece is under mounting pressure to deliver credible reforms, notably on pensions, IMF European zone head Poul Thomsen said last week.

    The IMF worked with the EU on two previous bailouts for Greece since 2010 but the IMF said itself it would not participate in the third rescue plan without credible reforms and an EU agreement to ease Greece’s debt burden.

    Ten days ago, a first round of talks held in Athens between creditors and Greek authorities proved inconclusive. The Greek government says further talks will be held soon.

    AFP

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