Icelandic news translated into English

November 12, 2008

No reasons given for the suspension

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As it is stated in the news article of Financial Times, about the suspension of the processing of a loan from IMF to Iceland, that there is still 500 million dollars needed so that Iceland can finance the rescue pack that is required according to the loan application. Then the English administrators deny it completely that they have stopped the processing of the loan. It is stated in the news article that no public explanation as been given about the suspension of the process of the loan and that Grdon Brown, prime minister of England, declared his support to the loan yesterday to Iceland.

On the other hand Icelanders suspect that the suspension is connected to the dispute between Iceland and England regarding the IceSave accounts. It is quoted from Össur Skarphéðinsson, industrial minister and foreign affairs minister, that he spoke to the representatives for the English administration and they said that there had to be resolutions to other issues at hand before they could support the loan. “I was not having any doubts what they were talking about,” said Össur.

Also in the article is a quote from Wouter Bos, finance minister of the Netherlands, from a television interview but there he said that the Netherlands would protest the loan from IMF to Iceland if there was not any solution in the Icesave case. “Thank goodness that we have as strong allies as England and Germans that have same sort of disputes with Iceland,” he says.

News Article by noname
Original Article in Iceland

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Process of application suspended

Ásmundur Stefánsson, Paul Marthias Thomsen and Petya Brooks are the ones that announced the result of the discussions of Iceland and IMF
It is stated on the website of Financial Times that the processing of the application of Iceland about a loan from the International Money Fund (IMF) has been suspended for undefined time.

It is stated in the news article by David Ibson that it seems that the International Money Fund is chickening out on the help to Icelanders since they have not been able to get but half the loans that were expected to be in the help package to the Icelandic authorities from other countries. It says in the article that 500 million dollars are still needed to finance the rescue pack the application to the IMF relies on.

Icelandic authorities have made a deal about 2,1 billion dollar loan with the representative of the fund on October 24, but the board of the fund have decided to suspend the processing of the application from Iceland. It was planned that the application would be reviewed Thursday, November 6th. But it was delayed til Friday, then to Monday, and finally for undefined time.

Wouter Bos, minister of finance of the Netherlands, said yesterday in a conversation with the Netherlands television station Bos, that the Netherlands will not approve the loan from IMF to Iceland while there are conflicts about responsibilities of Iceland regarding the debet accounts in other countries have not been resolved. He says that the British and German agree with him.

News Article by Golli
Original Article in Icelandic

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