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EU Said to Discuss Cyprus Capital Controls, Longer Bank Holiday

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- European policy makers are in Cyprus discussing further capital controls and the extension of a bank holiday through to the end of the week, said a European official familiar with the talks.

No decisions have been made yet, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are confidential. The officials, which come from the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission, may wait until the outcome of an ECB Governing Council meeting that starts in Frankfurt tomorrow, said the person.

The Cypriot parliament today rejected an unprecedented levy on bank deposits, dealing a blow to European plans to force depositors to shoulder part of the country’s rescue in a standoff that risks renewed tumult in the euro area.

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