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Fidel Castro hails results of Greek referendum political victory for Tsipras

July 07, 2015, 8:43 UTC+3 HAVANA
A total of 61.31% Greek citizens who came to the polls on Sunday voted against the terms of the agreement with creditors on settling the country's sovereign debt
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HAVANA, July 7. /TASS/. Fidel Castro has sent congratulations to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in connection with results of Sunday’s referendum on an agreement with creditors on untangling the country’s sovereign debt.

"I am sending you my cordial greetings on the occasion of this brilliant political victory," says Castro’s letter published by the Cubadebate.cu official Internet portal.

"Greece is very close to the Cubans - it taught us philosophy, arts and sciences of antiquity when we were school students and at the same time the most complicated types of human activity, like arts and the science of making politics," Comandante Fidel writes.

"Your victory, which is especially courageous in the current political setting, causes delight among the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean who see Greece defend its self-identity and culture in the face of aggression from the outside," he says.

"Given the current political situation on the planet when peace and survival of humankind are hanging in balance, each decision is to be weighed out and scrutinized as carefully as never before so that no one could call into question the decency and seriousness, which many highly responsible and mature leaders rebuff the looming threats with," Fidel says.

A total of 61.31% Greek citizens who came to the polls on Sunday voted against the terms of the agreement with creditors on settling the country's sovereign debt.

The government put up only one question for the referendum, namely, whether it was to accept or to reject the draft agreement authored by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund and made public at a session of the Eurogroup of finance ministers on June 25.

The document consisted of two parts, which specified the reforms necessary for completion of the current programme and contained preliminary analysis of stability of the debt.

Judging from the outcome of Sunday's voting, the rank-and-file Greeks are discontent with the position of international creditors. Along with it, the majority of Greeks say in opinion polls and interviews they remain in favor of Greece's continued inclusion in the eurozone.

The Greeks have spoken out against the harsh austerity measures, which presuppose a new downsizing of pensions and and salaries and they would like to see the signing of an agreement on the basis of compromise proposals made by Greece where focus shifts to the opportunities of economic growth and debt restructuring.

The EU and the IMF have allocated almost 250 billion euro since 2010 when the crisis of sovereign debt began in Greece. The Athens government is to return the money gradually.

Although a part of the country's debt was written off in 2012, its current debt exceeds 315 billion euro at present, standing at 175% of its GDP thrice as much as the level admissible of a country within the eurozone, which is expected to be below 60% of the GDP.

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