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PM: EU Dispute Cannot Undermine Iceland’s Coalition

“I find it important that ministers keep calm and not let the debate interfere with the coalition’s work,” commented Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir yesterday on declarations made by ministers of the Left-Green Movement, Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Svandís Svararsdóttir, that the European Union membership talks should be reconsidered.

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Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

Jóhanna told Fréttablaðið that the government agreement is clear: the nation is to vote on a finalized EU accession agreement. No events have surfaced that have given reason to terminate the accession process, she stated.

“The economic development and situation in Europe is regularly discussed between the coalition parties, as is the progress of the EU talks. We naturally discuss the development in Europe and how it is expected to continue,” the PM said. “Therefore, the debate that has arisen now came as somewhat of a surprise.”

Jóhanna pointed out that many important tasks await the government and that it is important that they be completed.

“The opposition of course wants nothing more than to cause tension between the coalition parties and speed up the elections. We cannot let that happen,” she concluded.

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