Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ statement following the meeting with the political negotiation team
As you are aware, the government operates collectively. Over time, we have established a collaborative decision-making process. Obviously, though, the ultimate responsibility lies with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. I’d like to state that we have taken many steps and we are now in the final stretch, we are close to an agreement. This agreement will be positive for the Greek economy, this agreement will redistribute the [financial] burdens and I believe that, very soon, we will be in a position to present more information.
Additionally, I would like to add one thing: it is obvious that during this final stretch, composure and determination are required. We are not alone, we are dealing with three separate institutions, which often hold conflicting views and mainly, we are dealing with our partners -many different countries- among which there exist different approaches, but also within those countries there are differing political interests. As such, during this time there may be pressure, and there may be those that seek to create a false sense of danger.
I want to reassure the Greek people that we are negotiating to obtain secure and stable conditions, in advance, for the Greek economy. Today and tomorrow, salaries and pensions will be paid as they have been all this time; for the past four months now, some have been constantly claiming, in an attempt to spread alarmist and false news, that the Greek economy is on the verge of collapse.
I am optimistic that we will soon have positive results. We all, however, need to turn a deaf ear to those spreading doom, the alarmists. There is absolutely no danger to salaries and pensions or to the banks and people’s savings. And I believe that very soon we will be able to look ahead with greater optimism. However, we need composure and determination in this final stretch.