ATHENS, Sept 20 Greece denied a report on
Tuesday that it was considering holding a referendum on the
country's membership in the euro zone.
Kathimerini daily wrote on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources,
that Prime Minister George Papandreou was considering calling
for a referendum on whether Greece should continue to tackle its
debt crisis within the euro zone or by exiting the single
The government has long said it was planning a referendum on
political reforms but has repeatedly denied that it would
concern the country's euro membership.
Asked if the referendum would be about staying in the euro
zone, deputy government spokesman Angelos Tolkas said: "No. We
haven't discussed such an issue, definitely not."
He said the government had put to parliament on Monday a
bill aimed at allowing the country to hold referenda but without
specifying any issue.
"Yesterday we tabled a bill about referenda ... but we have
not discussed anything more than holding a referendum."
(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; writing by Ingrid Melander;
editing by Michael Winfrey)