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Tsipras Complains to IMF Chief Over Greek Debt Wikileaks

lagardetsprasGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote a letter of complaint to International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde over the alleged leaks of a conversation between two of the organization’s senior officials on Greece’s bailout.
WikiLeaks made public an alleged transcript in which Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF’s European department, and Delia Velculescu, the IMF mission chief in Greece, discussed the impasse in the bailout review and their concerns about how it could be concluded.
In the transcript, the two IMF officials discuss the need for a “credit event” that would force European creditors to accept IMF’s position, which includes a lower primary surplus target for 2018 and debt relief, so the bailout review can be concluded.
The Greek government perceived the transcript as the IMF encouraging a Greek “credit event” or default. After that, the Greek PM sent a letter of complaint to the IMF head, asking if the alleged conversation represents the Fund’s official position and expressing his concern if indeed a “credit event” is planned.
In his letter Tsipras points out that the bailout program negotiations should be conducted under conditions of trust and good faith and whether the Greek side should trust the IMF representatives in the negotiations. He also says that such leaks create delays in the ongoing negotiations.
Finally, the Greek prime minister asks for a personal conversation with the IMF chief.
At the same time, an IMF spokesman in Washington refused to confirm or deny the authenticity of the transcript, saying it is the Fund’s practice not to comment on alleged leaks.

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