The Icelandic Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Ingvi Ingvasson and his legal advisor, Mr.?
SV Icelandic representatives seated at table (MUTE)
SV ZOOM IN Icelandic delegates speak (SOUND - ENGLISH)
AMBASSADOR INGVASSON: "You have to realise that the British fishing vessels are being protected by the Royal Navy. We have only a very small coastguard and we are just not a match for the Royal Navy...by part. Of course it is our intention to arrest these ships which are illegally inside our fisheries waters."
LEGAL ADVISOR ANDERSEN: "Both Icelandic and British scientists agree that a drastic reduction is necessary in order to prevent the collapse of the catch. Although the British agree that the Icelandic nation has preferential rights in view of her overwhelming dependence on fisheries, they insist that the Icelanders and the British should share the burden resulting from the reduced catch. If the British continue to make such excessive and unrealistic claims there is obviously no basis for an agreement. We must stress that fishing and exports of fish products constitute the basis of our economy and indeed of our survival."
Iceland's Ambassador to the United Nations, Ingvi Ingvasson and his Legal Advisor, Hans Andersen, held a news conference at the United Nations on Wednesday to explain Iceland's situation in the cod war with Britain....
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Background: The Icelandic Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Ingvi Ingvasson and his legal advisor, Mr. Hans Andersen, held a news conference at the United Nations on Wednesday (17 December) to explain their country's position in the cod war with Britain, which has been taking place off Iceland's shores.
Ambassador Ingvasson said that although Iceland's coastguard patrols were no match for the British Royal Navy his country intended to arrest British ships entering Icelandic territorial waters.
Mr. Andersen made a powerful plea for Iceland's cause, saying that the fishing industry is the cornerstone of his country's economic survival.
The most recent incident in the cod war took place on Thursday (18 December) when the Icelandic patrol vessel, Odin, cut the trawl wires of the British traveller Crystal Palace.
It was the latest in a series of wire cutting by Icelandic patrol boats since the Reykjavik Government's unilaterally declared extension of its fishing limits from 50 to 200 miles, which was effective from early November.