BRUSSELS Dec 19 Euro zone finance
ministers agreed on Monday to give the International Monetary
Fund 150 billion euros in bilateral loans to help resolve its
debt crisis, aided by Sweden, Denmark, Poland and the Czech
Republic, but Britain needed more time.
"Ministers confirmed today that ... euro area member states
will provide 150 billion euros of additional resources through
bilateral loans to the fund's general resources account," EU
finance ministers said in a statement.
Following a conference call between ministers, the statement
also said the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden were
ready to also grant loans to the Washington-based lender --
subject to parliamentary approval. But Britain said it would
consider its position in the new year.
Finance ministers also urged other nations to take part.
"The EU would welcome G20 members and other financially
strong IMF members to support the efforts to safeguard global
financial stability by contributing to the increase in IMF
resources," the statement said.
(Reporting By Robin Emmott)