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Icelandic Minister Meets Libyan National Council Rep

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson met Guma El-Gamaty, a special representative for the Libyan National Transitional Council, on Friday.

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Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

They discussed the affairs of Libya and the actions of the international community in the country, a press release from the Foreign Ministry of Iceland stated.

El-Gamaty is the council’s representative to the British government and also communicates with other European states.

He presented the stand of the council, its emphasis and vision for the future. He stated that the union of protestors is growing stronger, among other reasons because of the actions of NATO and support of the international community.

El-Gamaty said it is clear to the council that Muammar Gaddafi must step down in order for the country’s future to be secured.

Skarphédinsson discussed the attitude of the Icelandic government and iterated its support for NATO’s actions. He also stressed that Gaddafi should be taken before the International Criminal Court.

Not all Icelandic ministers are supportive of NATO’s actions in Libya—the entire Left-Green Movement, which forges the coalition with Skarphédinsson’s Social Democratic Alliance, have submitted a parliamentary resolution that Iceland leave NATO because of these actions, among other reasons.

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