The Ministerial meeting of the NATO Council, which has opened in Copenhagen, is expected to be dominated by East-West relations and those between Europe and the United States.
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Background: The Ministerial meeting of the NATO Council, which has opened in Copenhagen, is expected to be dominated by East-West relations and those between Europe and the United States. However the fifteen member states are also likely to devote some of their two-day meeting to the fisheries dispute between Iceland and Britain and its possible repercussions, which may mean the loss of the NATO base at Keflavik in Iceland.
Iceland has asked the United States for a revision of the treaty member which American troops are stationed at Keflavik, and there are worries that Iceland may withdraw from NATO.
The British and Icelandic Foreign Ministers had a private meeting on the first day -- their first since Britain sent nay frigates into the disputed 50 mile limit Iceland has imposed. Their meeting followed a restatement of both countries, known policies before the Council. Sir Alec Douglas-Home said Britain would pull out its frigates only if the Icelandic Government simultaneously ended its harassment of British trawlers. Mr. Einar Agustsson said Iceland was willing to restart negotiations on the dispute it the warships were withdrawn.