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Berlusconi says he only throws 'dignified, elegant' parties

world Updated: Nov 30, 2010 23:15 IST

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was depicted by US diplomats as a man who attends "wild parties", has claimed that he only throws parties in a "proper, dignified and elegant way".

The leaked American cables depicted him as a "feckless, vain and ineffective" European leader.

However, Berlusconi has countered these claims by saying that he didn't care what "third-rate or fourth-rate officials" had to say about him.

According to the cable, the diplomat said of Berlusconi that "frequent late nights and penchant for partying hard means he does not get sufficient rest."

Berlusconi was also accused of entertaining escorts at so called "bunga bunga" parties at his villa.

"Once a month, I throw dinner parties at my houses, where everything takes place in a proper, dignified and elegant way," the Telegraph quoted the PM as saying