EU membership talks not on the agenda says Ásgrímsson

The Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið has just reported that Halldór Ásgrímsson, chairman of the Progressive Party and Prime Minister of Iceland, said in his overview speech today at the party's general meeting that he thought it was neither timely nor senseble to start membership talks with the EU during this term. He also reminded his party members that accepting such proposal would violate the pact of the coalition government.

However, he also said that members of the party shouldn't shy away from discussing Iceland's relationship with the EU since membership of the Union could come sooner or later.

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