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Parliamentarians Claim Ásgrímsson Lied

Members of the opposition parties attacked Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson for comments he made on a national talk show Monday night. On the talk show, Ásgrímsson claimed that Parliament had been consulted before Iceland endorsed US action in Iraq.

“It was never discussed before March 19, 2003,” Left-Green Party Leader and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Steingrímur J. Sigfusson insisted.

Ásgrímsson responded that Parliament should stop discussing the past once a week and move on.

He also pointed out that the Social Democratic Party in Denmark disapproved of membership in the Coalition of the Willing, but still allowed their troops to stay. He asked if the Icelandic Social Democrats were of a different opinion.

“We agree with the Spanish,” Social Democrats responded.

Sigfusson delivered a few stinging comments. “We’ve been wrong about Halldór,” he pointed out. “There weren’t two men who made this decision. There was only one and his name was Davíd Oddsson.”

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