The Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs has sent a letter to the members of the delegation established in connection with the European Union accession talks, the ten negotiation groups and consultation committee, informing them that they have formally been released from their duties.
The letter references the government’s policy of halting EU accession talks until determined in a national referendum whether they should continue, Fréttablaðið reports.
“The work that has been carried out will no doubt prove useful in relations with the EU,” the letter states. “It is right to stress that the delegation’s and the groups’ dismissal does not mean that talks have been terminated. That is a different and separate decision.”
Seventeen people were on the delegation and tens of others were working on related groups and committees.
“It is merely a continuation of halting [talks] and shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone,” stated Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, pointing out that the EU has done the same and assigned their negotiators with other projects.