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Natural resource provision postponed

The controversial natural resource provision about national ownership of natural resources, which the government wanted to add to the constitution, will not be addressed in this parliamentary session.

Due to difference in opinion of MPs, lawyers and interested parties, the committee in charge of the natural resource provision decided the parliament would not vote on whether the provision should be added to the constitution or not in this parliamentary session, which is scheduled to end today, Morgunbladid reports.

“This is just a question of being realistic in light of the debate that has taken place within the committee,” said Birgir Ármannsson, head of the natural resource provision committee.

Ármansson said he believed the parliament would need more time than was left in the parliamentary session to be able to reach a decision on the natural resource provision.

“Although we have not reached a conclusion in this round, I believe we have made progress,” Ármansson added.

Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde said the leaders of the governmental parties had honestly expected the opposition would have been willing to cooperate on the natural resource provision.

Leader of the Social Democrats Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir said the leaders of the governmental parties had only tried to create legal uncertainty by submitting the provision to parliament four days before the parliamentary session was scheduled to end.

Click here to read more about the natural resource provision.

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