Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that ''harsh austerity'' measures in the country must end, later saying Greece will not accept deal without debt relief. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struck a defiant tone on Friday as he addressed parliament over the latest proposal from Greece's creditors as he called for an end to austerity. Tsipras was presented this week with a tough cash-for-reforms deal put on the table by the country's international lenders that crossed many of the prime minister's "red lines". The proposals, which included tax hikes, privatizations and pension reform, quickly sparked outrage and fury from Tsipras' leftist Syriza party. "What is crucial is that this vicious cycle of a self-sustaining crisis ends. But this can only be achieved with a change to the recipe, the failed recipe, and an end to the harsh austerity that begets recession," Tsipras told parliament. "We need a solution. Five years on, we need a conclusive solution both for Greece and Europe, a solution that will put an end to any discussion of Greece leaving the euro for good, (a discussion) that could work as a self-fulfilling prophecy of crisis," he added. Tsipras said a proposal by Athens made earlier this week was the only realistic basis for a deal and accused Europe of failing to understand that Greek lawmakers could not vote for more austerity. "It is time for everyone to prove that they are working towards a viable solution and not to subjugate and humiliate an entire nation, because if that is what they are doing, they should know they will have the exact opposite effect," he added. Later he said he would not accept an agreement with lenders that did not include the promise of debt relief that has been his government's long-standing demand. As Tsipras demanded changes to the tough terms presented by international lenders, Greece delayed a key debt payment to the International Monetary Fund due on Friday.