HELSINKI Nov 15 Resolving Greece's debt
problems will require a combination of measures but should not
include any change to the principal amount it owes, the European
Union's top economic official said on Thursday.
"The solution will be a combination of various elements, one
is not enough. But it is essential that the principal not be
touched. There is a strict unanimity on this within the euro
zone," EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn
Euro zone finance ministers will attempt to close Greece's
financing gap to 2014 when they meet again in Brussels next
Tuesday, instead of finding a solution for as long as 2020, a
senior euro zone source told Reuters on Wednesday.
Handelsblatt, quoting European Union diplomats, said the
amount need to cover the gap could be realised by lowering
interest rates on outstanding debt as well as extending
maturities on loans.
(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Hugh Lawson)