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Greek PM presses for deal on loan

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November 21, 2012 02:23 AM EST | AP


ATHENS, Greece — Greece has reacted with dismay to the European Union's failure to agree to release vital rescue loan funds for the debt-ridden country, with the prime minister warning it was not just Greece's future that hangs in the balance.

The delay prolongs uncertainty over the future of Greece, which faces a messy default that would threaten the entire euro currency used by 17 EU nations.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stressed that Greece has done what its creditors from the EU and International Monetary Fund required. "Our partners, along with the IMF, also must do what they have committed to doing," he said.

He said that "it is not just the future of our country, but the stability of the entire eurozone" that depend on the success of negotiations in coming days.