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Venizelos Says Crucial Week Ahead as Troika, Swap Talks Start

December 12, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Greek Finance Minister Evangelos said this week will be crucial for Greece.

Talks began today with the Institute of International Finance on the private sector involvement in the writedown of Greek debt, Venizelos told reporters in Athens today. Talks with IIF Managing Director Charles Dallara were “constructive” and the debt swap process should be completed by the end of Janaury, Venizelos said.

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