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IMF Says Nothing Is Its Fault in Greece or Pakistan, Ignores Sudan, Defers on Iran

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 26 -- Nothing is ever the fault of the International Monetary Fund under Christine Lagarde, it seems.

Thursday morning at the IMF's embargoed press briefing spokesperson Gerry Rice answered a question about the depreciation of the rupee in Pakistan by saying not only is it not the IMF's fault, the IMF will solve it.

  A journalist down from the UN asked Rice about the view that the rise of "Golden Dawn" in Greece is related to austerity policies. Oh no. Of course not.

  From New York, Inner City Press has asked about Sudan (and South Sudan, and Palestine) --

On Sudan and the deadly protests there of the elimination of fuel subsidies, does the IMF have any view if the elimination was implemented too quickly? What is the status between the IMF and Khartoum, including on any debt relief?

On South Sudan, what is the status of discussions on a Rapid Credit Facility and a government program to be monitored by IMF staff?

On Palestine, what is the IMF's view of yesterday's Communique by the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee?

  How will the IMF answer these questions? Will the IMF give it answer to a question about Iran and Hassan Rouhani -- when is the last time an IMF managing director met a leader of Iran? -- only to the wire service that asked the question in person, or to all press which cover the Fund? Watch this site.


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