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Cyprus Said to Reach Tentative Deal to Avert Default

Play Cyprus Reaches Tentative Deal to Avert Default Cyprus agreed to the outlines of an international bailout, paving the way for 10 billion euros ($13 billion) of emergency loans and eliminating the threat of default. The accord between Cyprus and the “troika” representing international lenders was reached in overnight talks in Brussels and ratified by finance ministers from the 17-nation euro area. “It’s in best interest of the Cyprus people and the European Union,” Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters.

The euro rose after the provisional agreement was struck that would make Cyprus the fifth country to tap a rescue since the euro debt crisis broke out in Greece in 2009. The European currency rose 0.3 percent to $1.3025 at 3:40 a.m. Brussels time. Stocks in Asia gained, with the MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbing 0.7 percent. The Nikkei 225 added 1.3 percent. As euro finance ministers milled around for a meeting that began more than six hours after the scheduled 6 p.m. start time, Anastasiades brokered the bargain with officials including European Union President Herman Van Rompuy, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. The agreement calls for Cyprus Popular Bank Pcl (CPB) to be shut down and split. The Bank of Cyprus Plc would take over the viable assets of the failed bank along with 9 billion euros in central bank-provided emergency liquidity aid, according to three EU officials who asked not to be named because talks are ongoing. Deposits […]

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