ATHENS (AFP) - Greece said Tuesday that it wants to resolve its debt crisis within the EU, but also insisted that it was not approaching Brussels as a beggar at an upcoming EU leaders summit. Greece wants a European solution, under eurozone rules, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told a development conference in Athens, two days before an EU leaders summit which could discuss a rescue package for Greece. Under no circumstances do we go as beggars, the minister said, arguing that the country can continue to meet its obligations regardless of the EU outcome and despite a growing recession and mounting loan rates. The Greek government recently borrowed 13 billion euros (18 billion euros) at interest rates above six percent, which its spokesman recently termed barbaric. Greeces total borrowing needs this year are over 50 billion. But Papaconstantinou on Tuesday argued that the country had proven that it has access to markets and would continue to do so if necessary. Burdened by a debt of nearly 300b euros, the Greek government has so far refused to rule out an appeal to the International Monetary Fund, an unprecedented move by a member of the 16-nation eurozone. Papaconstantinou admitted on Tuesday that the Greek economy could shrink by two percent this year a figure given by the Bank of Greece on Monday compared to 0.3 percent originally forecast by his ministry. He also confirmed that the economy contracted in 2009 by another two percent instead of a ministry forecast of 1.2pc. In a later speech to parliament, the minister conceded that the Greek governments task to reduce the deficit by four percentage points this year was unprecedented in the European Union.