Exclusive: Bailout can make Greek debt sustainable, but risks remain: EU/IMF

March 13th, 201210:07 am @

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BRUSSELS |
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:43am EDT

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The package of new financing, debt restructuring and reforms can put Greek debt on a sustainable path, but Athens will have to stick to good policies until 2030 to make it work, an updated debt sustainability analysis by international lenders showed.

The analysis, prepared by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, showed that after the debt swap at the weekend, Greek debt could fall to 116.5 percent of GDP in 2020 and below 90 percent in 2030.

“Results show that the programme can place Greek debt on a sustainable trajectory,” said the analysis, obtained by Reuters.

“However, there are significant risks that debt declines may be interrupted or even reversed by shocks. Under an alternative, less favorable scenario, the debt ratio in 2020 would still be above 145 percent of GDP,” the document said.

“Moreover, given the high prospective level and share of senior debt, the prospects for Greece to be able to return to the market at the end of the programme are uncertain,” it said.

(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; editing by Rex Merrifield)

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