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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made an e-mail statement on January 31 to Bloomberg.

Tsipras wrote: “My duty to respect the Greek people’s clear mandate for an end to austerity and for the return to a growth agenda does not, in any case, mean that Greece will not repay its debts to the European Central Bank and to the International Monetary Fund…My obligation to respect the clear mandate of the Greek people with respect to ending the policies of austerity and returning to a growth agenda, in no way entails that we will not fulfil our loan obligations to the ECB or the IMF,” Tsipras clarified.

The deliberations with our European partners on the debt have just started; he said and noted that “despite the fact that there are different approaches, I am certain that very soon we will reach a mutually beneficial deal with the euro area nations that funded most of the country’s financial rescue. No side wants a clash and it was never in our intentions to act unilaterally on the issue of the Greek debt.

“What we need is time to breathe and create our own medium-term recovery program, which amongst other things will incorporate the targets of primary balanced budgets and radical reforms to address the issues of tax evasion, corruption and clientelistic policies,” Tsipras said. “I am absolutely confident that we will soon manage to reach a mutually beneficial agreement, both for Greece and for Europe as a whole.”

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