Tsipras warns IMF, Athens 'cannot dig into pensions'

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned European creditors that they cannot dig into pensions saying that this would eliminate all hope of an agreement.

Tsipras warns IMF, Athens 'cannot dig into pensions'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Austrian chancellor has warned that Greece and its creditors must reach a loan agreement that does not deepen poverty in the recession-hit country while Alexis Tsipras has said that IMF has “criminal responsibility” for the damage caused by Greece’s austerity programmes.

"There is no sense in horizontal cuts ... we must find solutions that do not further expand poverty and unemployment," Werner Feymann said through a translator after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Analysts have long warned that a default may set off a chain of events leading to a messy exit from the eurozone.

Tsipras Wednesday said his government had gone as far as it could in meeting the demands of the creditors for tax hikes and pension reform.

"Our proposals fully safeguard the fiscal targets the institutions set for 2015-2016," he said.

The PM said he was prepared to shoulder the political cost of a compromise deal in Greece's parliament.

But he warned the creditors that insisting on pension cuts would scupper all hope for a default-saving agreement and they would have to accept the burden of the consequences. Tsipras warned European creditors that their insistence on slashing pensions would scupper all hope of an agreement, and that they would have to accept the burden of the consequences of a default.

"There is no room for further cuts without affecting the core of the [pension] system," he said.

“This insistence on cutting pensions is incomprehensible ... if Europe insists on this incomprehensible fixation ... it must accept the cost of a development that will benefit no one in Europe,'' he warned.

The Greek central bank warned Wednesday that the country could crash out of the eurozone and even the European Union if it fails to reach a bailout deal with international creditors.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2015, 16:12