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New Iceland-US defense agreement introduced

The US will continue to defend Iceland even with the US military’s departure, according to the new Iceland-US defense agreement introduced yesterday. The defense agreement is based on a particular defense plan, the specifics of which will not be made public. This is reported in all the main media.

Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde says he is pleased with the outcome of the discussions between Iceland and the US. Meanwhile, opposition MP Össur Skarphédinsson is critical of the secrecy surrounding the agreement and is quoted in Fréttabladid as saying, “No Icelanders has the opportunity to become familiar with the agreement save for two ministers. This means the citizens of this country are still in doubt as to the security and defense they are being offered.”

The agreement between the two countries incorporates several factors, including the return of land on which the base was located, and future of the structures there. Icelanders take possession of those, but will have to pay up to ISK 5 billion (some USD 71.5 million) for clean up of toxic areas and demolition.

There are also plans for the US to conduct military rehearsals in Iceland on an annual basis, and cooperation between the two states in terms of law enforcement and border control will be increased.

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