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Left-Greens Want Iceland to Leave NATO

By Iceland Review

gudfridurliljagretarsdottir_althingiThe entire Left-Green parliamentary party and the three MPs who recently left the party and are now working independently submitted a parliamentary resolution yesterday that Iceland terminate its membership with NATO.

A report accompanying the resolution says that Iceland prides itself of being a peaceful nation without an army but at the same time directly or indirectly supports military actions undertaken by NATO, ruv.is reports.

The MPs reason that NATO has become more militant than ever and so Iceland should no longer be a member.

In an interview on Rás 2 radio yesterday, the resolution’s presenter, Gudfrídur Lilja Grétarsdóttir (pictured), mentioned the actions in Libya in this connection.

At Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, Grétarsdóttir asked whether it isn’t time to review ancient policies from the Cold War as to how struggles should be approached and whether people hadn’t learned anything from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir, leader of the Independence Party’s parliamentary group, commented that the resolution was “whitewashing” and “childish”, stating that it was only intended to improve the party’s image in Iceland.

Click here to read more about the party’s struggles and here to read about Iceland topping the Peace Index.

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