ATHENS Aug 4 Incoming European Commission
president Jean-Claude Juncker, on a visit to Athens on Monday,
played down the prospect of eurozone countries writing off part
of Greek debt to make the country's debt sustainable.
Talks on further debt relief for Greece are expected later
this year, and Greek and European officials have indicated
Athens is likely to get lower interest rates and extension of
loan maturities rather than outright write-off of debt.
Asked about whether Greek debt could be sustainable without
a so-called "haircut", Juncker said he would not consider the
issue before taking office but said: "When it comes to Greece,
the question you're mentioning is not part of my meditation."
Juncker will take office on Nov. 1. He was speaking to
reporters after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis
(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos)