West Germany and Iceland have been having talks in Bonn, in an attempt to ease the dispute over fishing rights.
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Background: West Germany and Iceland have been having talks in Bonn, in an attempt to ease the dispute over fishing rights.
The talks began on Thursday (September 6th), in a bid to find an interim settlement. Both West Germany and Britain have applied to the International Court in the Hague for a ruling on fishing limits in Icelandic waters. This ruling is not expected to be brought down before next year, and West German officials have made it clear that they want an interim agreement quickly.
The conflict arose after Iceland extended its fishing limits form 12 to 50 miles, and tried to bar West German and British trawlers form fishing in the extended zone. This week's meeting is the third round of talks aimed at finding a solution.
Iceland was represented by its Foreign Minister, Mr. Einar Agustsson, the Fisheries Minister, Ludvik Josepsson, and Education Minister, Magnus Olafsson. West Germany was represented at the talks by the State Secretary in the Foreign Ministry, Herr Hans Apel and officials form the Foreign and Fisheries Ministries.
At their last meeting in Reykjavik in June, the West German delegation suggested setting up flexible fishing limits extending from between 12 and 130 miles form the Icelandic shore.
On Friday (September 7th) Iceland's Prime Minister, Olafur Johannasson, said he would propose to his Cabinet that diplomatic relations with Britain Should be broken off the next time there was a collision between a British and an Icelandic ship.