Icelandic news translated into English

November 2, 2008

Davíð damages the reputation

Filed under: Uncategorized — newsfrettir @ 2:37 am

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gisladóttir (Photo - Golli)

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs says in an interview with Morgunblaðið that it has damaged the reputation of the Icelandic nation how Davíð Oddsson, the president of the City Bank, spoke publicly.

“Lets not talk about how business is done inside Iceland, but when it´s having effects outside the country in the position we are in now it is a responsibility to have issues continue in this direction”, says Ingibjörg Sólrún. She says that various acts and statements of the board of the State Bank have two sides to the issue. “In the fragile state the nation is in now this cannot continue in this manner,” she says.

When asked if she thinks that the ruling coalition will stand out the elected season Ingibjörg says: “It would be irrational to predict anything else. It would be like being married and predict a divorce. You don´t do that. We are in this regimen with full solemnity to work the hard jobs ahead of us. We are not eloping or running away.”

Ingibjörg says it is urgent that deliberation about European issues are put on the agenda with full seriousness. “If we do take the decision soon to apply to the European union it would affect the labor market here in Iceland immediately, markets and our position towards other countries, because everyone would know where we are heading and can start doing plans with that in sight. Expectations towards Iceland would change and only that would have a very positive effect. The last weeks when some of our old friends have not turned out nice we got clear message from various directions that deliberations about the affiliation of Iceland would process quickly and we would have a lot of supporting countries if we would go that route.”

(News Article by *Golli*)
Original Article in Icelandic

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