Britain says IMF head in 'very difficult position'

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn is in a "very difficult position" and this must not interfere with the organisation's important work, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday.

Strauss-Kahn is in custody in New York after being accused of sexually assaulting a maid in the city.

The 62-year-old has denied the charges, but pressure is growing on him to step down from the International Monetary Fund.

"Clearly he is a very difficult position," Hague told RTE state radio in Ireland, where he was accompanying Queen Elizabeth II on a historic four-day state visit.

"It is very important that the IMF, which has such a lot of important business at the moment, is able to run effectively over the coming days and weeks.

"I know that the staff there, the other leading members of it, are working very hard to make sure that that happens."

Asked whether Strauss-Kahn should resign, Hague said the British government "had not taken a view on that yet".

He added: "I think that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to make his own decision about his future but clearly he is now in a very, very difficult position."

© 2011 AFP

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