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Antonis Samaras, Alexis Tsipras and Evangelos Venizelos left the presidential palace without giving statements. The leaders of the three largest parliamentary parties, New Democracy, PASOK and SYRIZA met with President Carolos Papoulias in an attempt to find compromise and mutually form a government, which will govern Greece after last Sunday's elections. Talks continued for an hour and 40 minutes.
Later, before leading members of PASOK Evangelos Venizelos accused Alexis Tsipras of "cynical arrogance that has nothing to do with either the morality of the Greek people or with the criticality of the historic moment." Venizelos said that the hope of finding a compromise is small but it does exist. In the same spirit was also the comment of Antonis Samaras to his colleagues of New Democracy, who said: "Tsipras does not hear the message of the Greek people and frankly I do not understand where he wants to lead it." According to recent opinion polls 72 percent of Greeks approve of the establishment of a coalition government and 67 percent do not want new elections in June.
In response to comments made by Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos the Radical Left SYRIZA wants the protocol of today’s talks to be published. "They do not want us to participate in a coalition or a government. They want SYRIZA to become an accomplice in crime. We will not accept this," said Alexis Tsipras. He called for New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left, which together have 168 parliament members, to take the responsibility and govern the country.
President Carolos Papoulias will separately receive also the leaders of the other parliamentary parties - Fotis Kouvelis from the Democratic Left, Panos Kamenos from Independent Greeks, Aleka Papariga from the Communist Party and Nikolaos Michaloliakos from Golden Dawn. So far, all that has been announced is the time of the meeting with Panos Kamenos, which will be held today at 7 pm.
To be continued.