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Icelandic Ministers Advised Not to Support Iraq Invasion

The decision of former Prime Minister Davíd Oddsson and former Foreign Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson to support the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was taken against the advice of the Foreign Ministry’s employees, as stated on Stöd 2 yesterday.


Former Prime Minister of Iceland Davíd Oddsson. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

There are 90 documents in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs which shed light on the two-month period leading up to Iceland’s declaration of support of the Iraq invasion, Fréttabladid reports.

Of these 90 documents, some are very noteworthy, according to current Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson. “And I believe some of them reveal that the public officials had a very uncompromising attitude in this case and it could potentially be at odds with that of the politicians who later made a decision.”

Important information could be obtained in interviews with these employees of the Foreign Ministry if Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, should decide to investigate the events leading up to the decision to support the invasion of Iraq.

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