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Minister of Fisheries Criticized in Althingi

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Jón Bjarnason was criticized by parliament members at a meeting with several parliamentary committees on Thursday; the committees were those of foreign affairs, fisheries and agricultural, and the environmental committees.

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Jón Bjarnason – Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

The meeting was held to discuss the Icelandic delegation that attended the 63rd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in July this year.

The Icelandic delegation walked out of the meeting alongside representatives of Norway and Japan to prevent the meeting from being legally constituted and to prevent voting of a controversial proposal from the South American governments to create a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary.

Sources told Morgunbladid that parliament members Árni Thór Sigurdsson, Mördur Árnason, Álfheidur Ingadóttir, Thurídur Backman and Ólína Thorvardardóttir criticized the Icelandic delegation for their conduct.

In an interview with mbl.is web TV, Minister Bjarnason told the reporter he condoned the delegation’s action as they had done what was expected of them. They had only been safeguarding the rights of Icelandic governments to continue sustainable practises of whaling.

“Some of the parliament members are concerned with the effect whaling might have on the EU negotiations and to others whaling is an emotional affair. Majority of Icelanders condone whaling,” Bjarnason told mbl.is web TV on Friday.

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