ATHENS, March 19 Greece could opt to sell 1.5 to
2 billion euros of five-year bonds in a test issue in the first
half of the year to end its four-year exclusion from bond
markets, a senior Greek finance ministry official told Reuters
The government had initially planned to return to markets in
the second half of the year but has been encouraged by falling
bond yields to consider a quicker return. However, no final
decision has been made on the issue, the official said.
"We may go out to the markets in the first half but no such
decision has been taken yet," the official said.
"It would be a small issue of about 1.5-2 billion euros,
most likely a 5-year bond."
(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas, editing by Deepa Babington)