Lawyers refuse to meet with troika officials

Greece?s lawyers have refused to meet with representatives of the country?s creditors, arguing that the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund officials have no ?institutional role?.

Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis has asked for the lawyers to meet with the troika officials on Tuesday to discuss the reform of their sector but at an extraordinary meeting of their unions on Sunday, they decided to reject the opportunity for talks.

?Lawyers accept the justice minister as their only official interlocutor,? the plenary of the Greek Bar Association said. ?He is the institutional representative of the elected political leadership of the country and has competence for dealing with matters relating to our sector.?

?We do not agree to any meeting with representatives of the troika, which we do not recognizing as having an institutional role, nor do we have any intention of legally recognizing its presence in Greece.?

The Athens Bar Association is one of several organizations that has mounted a legal challenge to the EU-IMF memorandum, which the Council of State is currently studying.

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