Former Prime Minister of Iceland Davíd Oddsson and Foreign Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson were unaware as to the purpose of the list of the “coalition of the willing”—nations supporting the US-UK invasion of Iraq in 2003. The publication of the list came as a surprise; they thought it would be confidential.
Former Prime Minister Davíd Oddsson. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Oddsson and Ásgrímsson decided to place Iceland’s name on the list two days before the invasion began. Tómas Heidar, an international law specialist at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs considered the invasion illegal and notified the ministers of his opinion the day the invasion began, Fréttabladid reports.
Light is shed on the events leading up to Iceland’s declaration of support in 67 documents, almost 300 pages, made public by the Foreign Ministry yesterday.
The documents confirm that the decision was made by two persons, Oddsson and Ásgrímsson. The decision was made without consultancy with the Althingi parliament or the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
Oddsson would not comment on the story to Fréttabladid, an email from him simply read: “There is no truth in it.” He told Stöd 2 that there is nothing new in the documents. Ásgrímsson could not be reached.
The ministry decided not to publish 25 documents connected with this issue because they contain information on relations with other countries.
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