Greece says Strauss-Kahn arrest may delay reform

ATHENS Sun May 15, 2011 8:01am EDT

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ATHENS May 15 (Reuters) - The arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may cause some delays to an EU/IMF bailout plan but will not affect Greece's resolve to implement reform, a senior Greek government official told Reuters on Sunday.

IMF chief and possible French presidential contender Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged on Sunday with sexual assault, including an attempted rape, in New York City. [ID:nN15215355]

He was due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and attend a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday to discuss the euro zone debt crisis and how to handle Greece's bailout as the country struggles to meet targets.

"This might definitely cause some delays in the short term," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity, referring to meetings planned for Sunday and Monday.

"Strauss-Kahn had a very good knowledge of Greece's situation," he said.

The official said, "This will not change the IMF's policy on Greece. Greece will continue to implement its programne." (Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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