Cyprus's finance minister said on Wednesday he expected final negotiations to start with lenders on financial aid possibly by next week.
Vassos Shiarly also told reporters a figure had not been set for Cyprus's financial needs, because of a difference of opinion between the government and lenders. There is widespread speculation Cyprus's bailout will exceed 10 billion euros ($13 billion), or 60 percent of its GDP.
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Cyprus applied for aid from the EU and the IMF in June to support its banks after they reported massive losses on their exposure to Greece. (Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Louise Ireland)