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Foreign Minister: Social Democrats Agree on “Fair Iceland”

Chairman of the Social Democrats and Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir has dismissed recent claims that her fellow party members are in disagreement of the party’s policy “Fagra Ísland” (“Fair Iceland”) on environment issues.

“It can sometimes be difficult to stay on top of environment protection discussions in Iceland when they only revolve around whether or not to construct aluminum smelters,” Gísladóttir told Morgunbladid. “It is much more a question on where to construct power plants and where not to construct them.”

Gísladóttir stated that all members of the Social Democrats agree with the “Fair Iceland” policy and that they are not at odds with each other when it comes to environment and nature protection issues.

“I believe all of us Social Democrats agree that it is important to harness both the geothermal energy and the hydro energy. These are important energy sources which should be harnessed for the benefit of the public,” the foreign minister said. “But it is also important to make a complete plan about these power plants.”

The minister also dismissed claims that the “Fair Iceland” policy is unclear and that some members of the Social Democrats may therefore have misunderstood it.

Gísladóttir explained the policy included four main points: Strengthening the position of nature protection, preserving specific unique areas, establishing a long-term plan on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the influence of the public.

Click here to read about a meeting the Social Democrats held on Tuesday to discuss environment issues and the “Fair Iceland” policy, which allegedly ended in disagreement.

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