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Cyprus bailout likely much smaller than ?17 bln

A woman walks outside of Laiki Bank capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades says talks with international creditors for a much-needed rescue loan to keep the country from going bankrupt are paying off. Anastasiades urged patience, saying that it will soon become clear that “hard work produces good results.” (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A top European official says a bailout package for Cyprus and its troubled financial sector will likely be closer to €10 billion ($13 billion) than the earlier floated €17 billion.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem is the Netherlands' finance minister and heads the Eurogroup, the regular meetings of finance ministers of the 17-country eurozone.

Speaking to Dutch national broadcaster NOS on the sidelines of a debate with Dutch parliament late Wednesday, he said that reports Cyprus will receive €17 million are mistaken.

"That's going considerably lower, in the direction of ten billion," Dijsselbloem said. He didn't give specifics about the package to be discussed Friday but said Russia might help more than it already has and Cyprus would not be left with an unsustainable debt load.

Parliament later approved Dutch participation.