The country is unable to pay for adequate fuel and wheat imports.
"We will ask that a haircut be taken by creditors," said Cross in a December 5 interview in the capital, Harare.In February, the central bank took over $1.2bn (R17.49bn) of legacy debt when it dropped the 1:1 parity between its currency and the US dollar. The Zimbabwe dollar now trades at 16.42 to the greenback.
Cross put the legacy debt at $2.6bn, more than double the central bank's previously stated figure. He didn't provide further details.
His comments on legacy debt echo similar views made last month by George Guvamatanga, the permanent secretary in the finance ministry, that institutions owed legacy debt should consider writing down some of the amount.
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