Two posts in a couple of hours is undoubtedly a record for YT, but this just in: according to The Guardian the UK yesterday submitted an application for unilateral claim to the seabed around the area known as Rockall, which the UK, Iceland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands have been negotiating ownership over for years. The Rockall area is potentially rich in oil.
According to The Guardian, the action will potentially set the UK on a “diplomatic collision course” with Iceland [as though we didn’t have enough strife already *cough* ICESAVE *cough*].
The Guardian report further claims that the UK has abandoned said negotiations, to wit: “We are disappointed that agreement on joint action has not proved possible,” the Foreign Office said. “We hope [other countries] do not feel the need to dispute the UK’s submission.”
Meanwhile, YT has scoured the Icelandic media and found nothing about this. Have just spoken to the press officers of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the PM’s Office and neither of them were aware of the report.
Meanwhile, The Guardian has asked me to write a short piece on the reaction of the Icelandic public – og því langar mig sérstaklega til að biðja ykkur um álit, góðu landsmenn! Annað hvort í gegn um kommentakerfið eða í tölvupósti.
More on this later. Stay tuned.