Minister of Finance and chairman of the Left-Green Movement Steingrímur J. Sigfússon declared at the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, yesterday that his party does not support the decision that NATO would take the lead in military actions in Libya.
Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Because of the minister’s comment, a meeting was held by the Icelandic parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday evening at the request of opposition leader Bjarni Benediktsson, ruv.is reports.
Benediktsson accused the Left-Greens of double-dealing in the affairs of Libya, on the one hand supporting the actions conducted there on behalf of the UN Security Council but on the other hand declaring the party is against warfare.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson told the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee over the phone yesterday that he has the plenary authority to support the decision of NATO taking over the military actions.
The minister is currently in London at a summit for the foreign ministers of NATO member states, among other countries, where the events and future developments in Libya are up for discussion.
Click here to read more about Iceland’s support for actions in Libya.