Deputy leader of the Progressive Party, Minister of Agriculture Gudni Ágústsson said in a talk show last Sunday that the decision to support the war on Iraq had not been discussed in Parliament until the decision had been made.
This goes against the statements made by Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson to the media that the matter had indeed been discussed.
Said Ágústsson, ” Halldór Ásgrímsson and Davíd Oddsson both made this decision. It has since been discussed in Parliament on numerous occasions. But why they made the decision I cannot say. It is their task to defend it.”
Yesterday Ásgrímsson issued a press statement refuting Ágústsson’s comments, saying that the matter had been discussed on several occasions in 2002 and 2003.