Cypriot finance minister sees gold sale within months: Reuters

17.04.2013 17:36
Cypriot finance minister sees gold sale within months: Reuters

YEREVAN, April 17. /ARKA/. Cyprus's finance minister said on Wednesday he anticipated the island nation to sell part of its gold reserves "during the next months", but the final decision rested with the central bank, Reuters reported today.

Cyprus has to sell some of its gold reserves to raise about 400 million euros to finance its part of a 10 billion euro EU/IMF bailout, according to an assessment of Cypriot financing needs prepared by the European Commission.

The island nation confirmed last week that a sale of its gold reserves was among the options for its contribution towards the rescue package, but ultimate responsibility rested with the central bank.

"In the case of the gold, it's the board of the central bank. It's perfectly understandable.. They have the final say," Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

Georgiades did not elaborate on how much gold Cyprus might sell nor at what price.

Asked if the government had the support of the central bank to go ahead with the sale, Georgiades said: "It's something that will be examined soon, I hope."

A central bank spokeswoman said last week the sale of gold reserves was not presently on the board's agenda.—0-

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