From Iceland — Government and Opposition to Meet Today Over Icesave

Government and Opposition to Meet Today Over Icesave

Published January 14, 2010

Chairmen of the ruling coalition and the opposition parties will meet today to discuss possible negotiations with regards to Icesave.
As has been reported elsewhere, British and Dutch authorities have said they are not interested in re-negotiating a new Icesave deal until the Icelandic government can virtually guarantee consensus in parliament over a deal. To that end, the Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon will meet with the chairmen of the opposition parties today, Vísir reports.
As it stands now, a referendum on the Icesave law is scheduled for 6 March. If, as public opinion currently indicates, the law is defeated, re-negotiations with British and Dutch authorities will have to begin again anyway. The government hopes it can arrive at a stronger consensus over Icesave with the opposition, and that a new deal can be presented to the UK and Holland.
The Icelandic government has been in constant contact with British and Dutch authorities, in part to assure them that the Icelandic government still intends to pay on Icesave.
Leftist-Green MP Lilja Mósesdóttir has suggested bringing in a third party to moderate negotiations between Iceland, the UK and Holland, having specifically in mind former German vice chancellor Joschka Fischer.

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