Finding a solution in the interest of the Greek people
(CS/G.C.) Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has said that he was not surprised by the outcome of the Greek referendum on Sunday but insisted that a solution in the interest of the country's people now needs to be found.
Speaking to the “Luxemburger Wort”, Asselborn said he was not surprised by the “No” vote, with a majority of Greek voters on Sunday casting their ballots against more austerity measures. Greek voters followed the lead of their Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Asselborn said. “The Greek Prime Minister has remained very popular, much appreciated throughout this affair.”
The ball is now in the Greek court, Asselborn added. “Our proposals are on the table. Solutions were developed, notably for a restructuring of debt.”
In light of the referendum, which rejected proposals drawn up by the Eurozone partners, it was now Greece's turn to present its proposals, “under the condition of negotiation without playing poker,” the Luxembourg Foreign Minister said.
“The objective for us remains the same – avoid a 'Grexit' at all cost,” he added.
“Thousands of people in Greece have no social security, thousands of them have not been paid, eat at soup kitchens, and the banks during this time are not working anymore. We have to find a solution which is in the interest of the Greeks above all, allowing the return to some kind of normality. But, I repeat, the ball is in the Greek government's court,” Asselborn explained.
Meanwhile, Asselborn showed himself astonished at a celebration of the “No” vote in Greece and elsewhere around Europe. “What is there to celebrate? To see the vote of the Greek people simply as a 'victory over the institutions' is a short-sighted analysis, very short-sighted,” he said.
Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna is expected to hold a press conference Monday to discuss the result of the referendum.