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Foreign Minister Amazed at Predecessor’s Comments

Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson says he is amazed at the comment by his predecessor and former chair of the Social Democratic Alliance, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, that she had not borne any responsibility for the banking collapse because those issues had not been her domain.

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Skarphédinsson said he had been astonished at how Gísladóttir had talked about other ministers. It was clear that most ministers, in the Althingi and outside it, had unfortunately not been on the ball, reports.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said she believes Gísladóttir when she said she had not attended of all the meetings that are discussed in the SIC report.

There, it says she attended six of the seven meetings. Sigurdardóttir said that it was a very serious matter if Gísladóttir had attended all the meetings but not been informed of the situation regarding the economy.

In the Financial Times, Gísladóttir maintained that others, including the banking minister [Björgvin G. Sigurdsson] had borne responsibility and been more informed than she was. Sigurdardóttir said it was up to Gísladóttir and others to explain what had happened at these meetings.

Click here to read other news of the SIC report.

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