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Latvia proposes defense plan for Iceland, US “says nothing new”

Fréttabladid reports today that the Latvian parliamentary delegation to NATO has written a letter to their Icelandic colleagues proposing a defense plan for Iceland. Under the plan, Icelandic airspace would be regularly patrolled by NATO aircraft.

According to Fréttabladid, the letter is a reply to a letter sent by the Icelandic delegation to all the parliamentary delegations of NATO. The Icelandic letter summarizes the current defense situation of Iceland and the Iceland’s position.

Össur Skarphédinsson, a member of parliament for the Social Democrats, is the chairman of the Icelandic parliamentary delegation to NATO. He said the objective of the letter had been to brief the NATO countries on the plans Iceland has to raise the issue of the defense of Iceland at the spring session of the association of NATO MP’s currently underway in Paris.

Össur raised the issue of the defense of Iceland at the meeting in Paris. “I stated the US had committed a breach of trust and friendship by unilaterally canceling the [US-Iceland] defense agreement,” he said to Fréttabladid.

Össur said he received unanimous support from all other speakers, and everyone had agreed that if the air defenses of Iceland could not be secured by bi-lateral agreements then NATO would be obliged to do so under the agreement which Iceland was party to and had been made through the auspices of NATO. The US representative had said nothing new, said Össur according to Fréttabladid, he had acknowledged the Icelandic point of view, but said that all decisions in this matter would be taken by the US Department of Defense.

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