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Three Nations Mentioned as Icesave Mediators

Germany, France and Norway are being considered as mediators in the Icesave dispute between Iceland, the UK and the Netherlands, as Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported yesterday. Einar Karl Haraldsson, information officer at the Icelandic Prime Ministry, dismisses such claims.

Another Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten is speculating the same thing. According to the newspaper, Marte Lerberg Kopstad, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, said that the Norwegian government is working closely with the Icelandic government, but it is not timely to reveal the nature of their cooperation, Morgunbladid reports.

Aftenposten also states that the Norwegian political party Kristelig Folkeparti is requesting that the Norwegian government confirms that Iceland will receive further loan disbursement regardless of the outcome of the Icesave referendum, which has been set for March 6.

The Icelandic Indefence group, which organized the petition with which President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson justified vetoing the Icesave legislation on January 5, is now planning a series of meetings in Iceland to inform Icelanders about the Icesave agreement on which the legislation is based.

“The meetings will be factual where people will receive clear answers to their questions,” Ólafur Elíasson, one of Indefence’s representatives, told Morgunbladid. Most of the meetings will take place in February in the largest towns around Iceland.

According to Fréttabladid, if an agreement with British and Dutch authorities on Icesave renegotiations is not reached this week, going through with the referendum will be the only option. No decision on renegotiations was announced last weekend.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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