Greek radical left party refuses to attend talks

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Greek President Karolos Papoulias, center, Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos, from left, Conservative leader Antonis Samaras and Leftist leader Alexis Tsipras meet at the presidential palace in Athens, Sunday, May 13, 2012. Greek President Karolos Papoulias has called the leaders of Greece's political parties to meetings on Sunday, in a last-ditch effort to broker a deal for a coalition government. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek state television says radical left Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras has refused to attend a meeting of party leaders to be convened Monday by the country's president to seek a solution to the deadlock in forming a coalition government.

President Karolos Papoulias called the meeting for Monday evening after last-ditch efforts to find a solution foundered Sunday.

The meeting was to be between the heads of the parties that came in the top three spots in last week's inconclusive elections: the conservative New Democracy, radical left-wing Syriza and socialist PASOK, plus the head of the small Democratic Left party which is in a king-maker position.

If no solution can be found, Greece will have to hold new elections next month, prolonging the political uncertainty and bringing the country's continued euro membership into doubt.