German minister urges Greece to implement euro deal
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle phoned his Greek counterpart Tuesday urging Greece to implement a euro debt deal, a spokesman said, after a shock announcement it would put it to a referendum.
In the first announced direct contact between the two governments since the surprise news late Monday, Westerwelle "emphasised in the conversation that it is necessary, in Greece's interest and for the stability of the euro, to implement the agreed decisions of the euro summit," his spokesman said.
"Europe must act united and consistently to overcome the debt crisis," he said in a written statement.
"That demands European solidarity, as well as the required individual efforts of countries with debt problems," he added.
The German minister, who is in Istanbul for a foreign ministers' conference on Afghanistan, spoke to his Greek counterpart Stavros Lambrinidis by phone.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou triggered turmoil across global markets with a shock move to put a hard-won rescue package, agreed after marathon talks in Brussels last week, to a referendum.
© 2011 AFP