The cost of the bailout for Cyprus has increased to 23bn euros ($30bn; £19.5bn), according to a draft document prepared by the country’s creditors.
The original cost of the bailout was put at 17.5bn euros.
But the new total, disclosed in a document seen by news agencies, means Cyprus will have to find 13bn euros to secure 10bn euros from the European Union and the IMF.
Previously it was thought that Cyprus would have to raise 7.5bn euros.
Government spokesman Christos Stylianides said: “It’s a fact the memorandum of November talked about 17.5bn (euros) in financing needs. And it has emerged this figure has become 23bn.
“Who is responsible for this? How did we get here? It was the fear of responsibility and indecision of the previous government,” he added.
Enormous challenges
Analysts are now questioning if Cyprus can raise such a sum.
The winding up of one Cypriot bank, Popular, and the writing-off of a large portion of secured debt and uninsured deposits in the largest bank, Bank of Cyprus, should raise a total of 10.6bn euros.
There have also been reports that Cyprus may sell a large portion of its gold reserves in order to raise another 400m euros.
“The sheer size of the increase has underlined the extent of the enormous challenges facing Cyprus itself,” said Jonathan Loynes of Capital Economics in an analyst note.
The Cypriot economy is only worth about 18bn euros and accounts for less than 0.2% of the eurozone total. Several analysts now think the Cypriot economy may shrink by more than 10% this year alone.
Source: BBC