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Cyprus 'makes significant progress' in crunch bailout discussions

Thousands of bank employees protest outside the parliament in Nicosia today. Photo: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Cyprus has made "significant progress" in talks with the EU and IMF to secure a last-ditch deal to prevent the country's financial collapse.

The nation today agreed a 20 per cent tax on deposits over €100,000 at the Bank of Cyprus and four per cent on deposits over €100,000 at other banks.

The island's finance minister, Michael Sarris, reported "significant progress" in talks with international lenders as Cyprus looks to find a rescue package for its stricken banks before Monday's deadline.

Eurozone finance ministers will meet on Sunday evening to discuss a deal to safeguard Cyprus's Eurozone future.

ITV News' Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy:

The European Union's Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said progress was being made towards a solution.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades tweeted: "We are undertaking great efforts. I hope we have a solution soon."

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