Highlights: EU and euro zone leaders comments on debt crisis

Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:23pm EDT
 
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders met on Wednesday to discuss a comprehensive plan for tackling the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis.

The meeting of leaders from the 27 EU member states was followed by a summit of the 17-nation single currency area.

Following are comments from leaders after the full EU meeting, before the euro zone talks:

POLISH PRIME MINISTER DONALD TUSK

ON EU INTEGRATION:

"I had the impression all partners understand that we need enhanced integration, not only at the level of the Eurogroup but at the level of the whole European Union."

ON BANK RECAPITALISATION:

"The key issue was the issue of high quality capital, the 9 percent ratio that was adopted that we need to maintain this ratio. And we also adopted certain elements of the way we should proceed to attain this goal. An emotional element during this debate, was the fact of making this exceptional circumstance and not permanent element... so this will not be a permanent solution for the future."

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON   Continued...