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Greek FinMin denies reports that troika left abruptly

Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis denied reports on Tuesday that inspectors from the country's EU/IMF lenders had interrupted their bailout review in Athens over a disagreement with Greek officials.

Greek newspaper To Vima earlier reported that the EU/IMF troika was leaving a day ahead of schedule, having failed to agree on any outstanding issues, and before a vote of confidence expected on Friday.

A source close to the talks also denied the reports, saying the inspectors were expected to leave this week for an annual conference of the IMF and World Bank in Washington.

A Greek Finance Ministry official said the inspectors would leave later on Tuesday and return to Athens after results of European bank stress tests are announced. [Reuters]

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