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Greek party leaders' meeting on coalition over
Greek party leaders' meeting on coalition talks ends; no immediate statements
By The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) ' The critical meeting between the heads of three Greek political parties and the country's president to broker a deal on forming a coalition government has ended.

The heads of the conservative New Democracy, socialist PASOK and the Democratic Left parties met with President Karolos Papoulias in an effort to break the impasse after May 6 elections left no party with enough votes to form a government.

Negotiations so far have proved fruitless. The three parties have insisted on the participation of the radical left Syriza party, which came second in the elections after campaigning on a platform for Greece to pull out of its international bailout commitments.

If no deal can be reached, elections must be called for next month.

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