From Iceland — Could Sign Icesave Deal

Could Sign Icesave Deal

Published October 2, 2009

Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon said during a television
interview last night that it is possible that Icelandic authorities
sign an agreement with UK and Dutch authorities over Icesave.
According to RÚV, Sigfússon said that all that really remains is to assess whether or not the matter needs to be put before parliament first.
The Lefist-Greens, Sigfússon’s party, met last night for an extensive meeting. Sources close to RÚV report that Sigfússon was given the green light from party members to wrap up the Icesave process.
Prime Minister and Social Democrat Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir has asked the Leftist-Greens to take an official position on the Icesave matter, but MPs for the party have said that they won’t do so until they get a reaction from UK and Dutch authorities.
Icesave has caused considerable tension between the two parties. While Social Dems appear eager to ignore working with opposition parties and roll the Icesave deal through, some Leftist-Greens believe the agreement needs more fine-tuning and discussion within parliament. Former Health Minister and Leftist-Green MP Ögmundur Jónasson resigned from his post because of disagreements with the Social Dems over the matter.

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