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Iceland Requests Response from Brown

Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir announced during the government’s weekly press conference yesterday that she plans to formally request a response from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the UK Treasury Committee report.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The report criticizes the demeanor of British authorities in relation to the collapse of the Icelandic banking system, for example stating that invoking the anti-terrorist legislation had been a harsh measure and that it had caused further damage to the Icelandic economy, mbl.is report.

The diplomatic relations between Iceland and the UK are rather turbulent at the moment, despite positive news on the matter of the Icesave dispute earlier this month.

After that step in the right direction, Britain laid claim to a large portion of the Hatton Rockall Basin in the North Atlantic, to which Iceland’s Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson responded, “We won’t allow it.”

Furthermore, during the NATO summit last weekend where Skarphédinsson discussed energy cooperation on friendly terms with US President Barack Obama, smiling next to him in a photograph, Skarphédinsson offended UK PM Brown by refusing to be photographed next to him.

“One time at the summit I walked right into the British PM where he was being photographed with French President Sarkozy and Canadian Prime Minister Steve Harper. Gordon wanted me to be in the picture, which I said was out of the question, but I did take his outstretched hand, saying that we needed to talk. Then he shot off like he had been stuck by a pin in a sensitive body part, and after that I didn’t see him again during the summit,” Skarphédinsson described on his blog.

Click here to read more about the UK Treasury Committee report.

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