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AMSTERDAM Feb 7 The IMF's latest review of
Greece's debt position was surprisingly pessimistic, Eurogroup
President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Tuesday, again ruling out
the euro zone granting the country any writedown on its debt.
Leaked in late January, the International Monetary Fund
report called Greece's long-term debt commitments unsustainable.
"It's surprising because Greece is already doing better than
that report describes," Dijsselbloem - who chairs meetings of
euro zone finance ministers - told Dutch television.
He said Greece's creditors, which include both the IMF and
euro zone states, would be prepared to ease the terms of debt
repayments further if it continued to cooperate on reforms.
"At the end of the current (bailout) programme in mid-2018
we'll look again to see what's possible and what's necessary.
But not earlier."
But he ruled out any relief on principal debt.
Downplaying divisions between the euro zone and IMF over the
programme, Disselbloem said both agreed further pension and tax
reforms were needed.
"So it's not like the IMF is saying 'leave the Greeks alone
now and give them debt relief'," he said.
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Dominic Evans and John