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Agreement to Begin Membership Negotiation

The EU State Secretaries agreed yesterday to begin membership negotiations with Iceland. This was confirmed last night by Spain’s Secretary of State, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, ruv.is reports.

He said that formally, the leaders of the member nations must confirm the decision in Brussels next Thursday, but in fact, the agreement already exists.

In their meeting yesterday, the 27 Secretaries of State emphasized that Iceland honor its commitments regarding the Landsbanki’s Icesave accounts.

The British and the Dutch government had previously insisted that negotiations with Iceland did not commence before the Icesave matter had been settled. Now, both the British and the Dutch governments have declared that they will not stand in the way of negotiations with Iceland since they have been assured that Iceland will honor its commitments.

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