Prime minister George Papandreou on Tuesday reiterated his determination to clash in the upcoming eurogroup and EU summits if necessary, during a meeting with main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras.

The premier also stressed that Greece will insist on a package solution, believing that there is no other solution, and on that basis will wage its battle at the March 11 eurogroup and March 25 EU summits.

Papandreou also said that the government respects the different approaches of the political forces, and that was why his meetings throughout the day with the political party leaders aim at understanding and at support for the national effort in view of the summit.

"It is not simply a matter of consensus," Papandreou said, adding that the assumption of political responsibility by all the political forces is needed.

According to sources, Papandreou expressed displeasure to Samaras over the fact that no clear reference was made to Greece in last Friday's European People's Party conference, which was attended by the ND leader.

The same sources said that Papandreou and Samaras also discussed the ongoing speculation on early general elections, which the prime minister categorically ruled out, stressing that the government still has much work ahead and that early elections were neither in the thoughts nor the options of the government.