═ pottinum hafa menn ori varir vi, a Heimssřn hefur teki sÚr fyrir hendur a kynna till÷gu ■ingmanna fj÷gurra flokka um afturk÷llun ESB-aildarumsˇknar ß ensku og sent tilkynningu um hana vÝa.
┴stŠan fyrir ■essu framtaki Heimssřnar er grunur manna um, a Ýslenskir rßamenn og utanrÝkisrßuneyti muni ekki halda ■vÝ a neinum, a tillagan sÚ komin fram. Ůß sÚ ljˇst, a Íssur SkarphÚinsson og Kristjßn Guy Burgess, astoarmaur hans, hafi hafi sˇkn Ý Brussel til a gefa ■ß mynd af st÷unni ß ═slandi, a ■eir sÚu a vinna a ESB-aild me stuning Al■ingis a baki sÚr og geti Ý raun ekki anna en fari a ßlyktun ■ingsins frß 16. j˙lÝ 2009.
EmbŠttism÷nnum utanrÝkisrßuneytisins hafi veri gefin fyrirmŠli um a knřja ß um, a leitogarß ESB taki afst÷u til umsˇknar ═slands ß fundi sÝnum 17. j˙nÝ. Anna sÚ mˇgun bŠi vi rÝkisstjˇrnina og Al■ingi.
HÚr er frÚttatilkynning Heimssřnar Ý heild:
MP„s call for withdrawal of Iceland“s EU application
Members of Parliament from all parties represented in the Althingi
(Iceland's parliament) except one have tabled a resolution calling for
the withdrawal of Iceland's application for EU membership. The
proposed resolution nullifies the resolution passed by the Althingi on
16 July last year giving the coalition government of Samfylking
(social democrats) and VG (left-green) a mandate to apply for EU
The government is split on the issue. Samfylking is in favour of
membership while VG is opposed to it. Samfylking, the only Icelandic
party with EU membership on its agenda, made it a condition for
forming a coalition government with VG, that an application for
membership were part of its programme. This was approved by VG,
stating at the same time, that it had the right to oppose membership
in public debate as well as in a referendum at the end of
negotiations. In Iceland cabinet ministers said, when introducing
their resolution to the Althingi in the summer of 2009 , that they
just wanted exploratory talks with EU not accession negotiations. The
resolution was passed with 33 votes against 29.
According to opnion polls the majority of Icelanders is against
Iceland's entry into EU. The polls show a constant majority of 60-70
percent on the no-side. In Althingi Samfylkingin is isolated as the
only pro EU party. The party suffered heavy losses in local elections
on May 29 last as did VG.
The resolution in the Althingi on the withdrawal of Iceland┤s EU
application confirms , that there is a growing consensus on the view,
that it is contrary to Icelandic national interest to maintain an
application for membership in spite of growing public and political
opposition. Iceland is a member of EEA (European Economic Area) and
the Schengen scheme. The country conducts significant trade with
EU-countries as well as co-operation in other fields. It is not in the
spirit of good relations with the EU that the government insists on an
application opposed by a great majority of the people..
As the Althingi is going into recess this week, the resolution will
hardly be debated nor voted on until after the Althingi reconvenes on
1 October. That four out of five parliamentary groups are represented
by the sponsors of the resolution, reflects the public view.
Samfylking, the party of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister,
is becoming more and more isolated in the EU debate. They would not be
in a postion now to make it a sine qua non for forming a government,
that their partner approved on an application for EU membership,
It is in the interest both of Iceland and the EU, that the present
application is withdrawn as it has neither the necessary political nor
public support in Iceland.
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