Comments from European Union leaders' summit

Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:45am EDT
 
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders met on Sunday to try to hammer out a comprehensive plan for tackling the euro zone debt crisis, but a breakthrough is not expected until another summit on Wednesday.

Following are comments from Sunday's talks:

EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT HERMAN VAN ROMPUY

ON ITALY:

"We did meet with (Italian President Silvio Berlusconi) and we've been on the phone several times in recent days...

"I would say that we were preparing for Wednesday's meeting rather than today's.

"We asked for reassurances regarding the courageous measures that have been taken and we asked for them to be put into effect and also for reforms."

"Clearly we are calling for a major effort to be made by the Italian authorities and I believe that they are willing to do that."

ON BANK RECAPITALISATION:   Continued...