Greece’s vice president and prominent SYRIZA MP Yanis Dragasakis thanked the USA for helping Greece establish a deal with the Eurozone and the IMF, adding that the deal is not yet officialy completed.
The Greek VP thanked the US government and President Barrack Obama for pushing Europe and the IMF to accept a disclosure on the deal for a future Greek debt restructure.
“Without their help and insistence that the agreement should include the debt issue, we might not have succeeded,” Dragasakis said. He also added that the U.S. mediation made the need for an agreement clear to everyone. “I consider it a historic event,” he said, stressing that the US exerted strong pressure on other issues as well such as the labor reform.
However the Greek vice president agrees with Greek prime minister Tsipras that this specific deal is not a positive outcome, just Greece has no better options.
“There is criticism and self-criticism. When I was saying that people shouldn’t be so hopeful, I was strongly criticized,” noted the Greek government vice president in a radio interview speaking about the bailout deal his SYRIZA party is putting for vote tonight in the Greek parliament.
“But at the moment it would be useless to rewrite history. Now, it is important to decide what we want to do in the future,” he stressed, adding that the agreement is still not certain; “there are forces that see it as a defeat, even if it is not the agreement that we would like.”
Meanwhile, he added that it was a mistake for his party colleagues to believe that SYRIZA could implement its campaign programme and promises without factoring in the negotiation process.