Greece agrees to launch debt swap for private creditors March 8

PanARMENIAN.Net - Greece's cabinet agreed on Saturday, Feb 18, to launch a debt swap for private creditors on March 8 with the aim of completing it by March 11, Reuters quoted a government official as saying.

The swap is to accompany a $130 billion rescue package that Athens hopes to agree with its euro zone partners on Monday and will mean that creditors take a 70 percent cut in the real value of their holdings.

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