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European Pelagic Sector Discusses Mackerel Dispute with Icelandic Ambassador

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EUROPE - European pelagic industry leaders have met with Benedikt Jonsson, Icelandic Ambassador to the UK, to discuss the ongoing dispute over international shares of mackerel quota in the North East Atlantic.

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The meeting in London was set up a part of a joint initiative by Ambassador Jonsson and Banff and Buchan MP, Eilidh Whiteford.

Both parties took the opportunity to have a frank exchange of views regarding the current situation, with each side stressing the importance in finding a solution to the current impasse as soon as possible.

Mr Jonsson stressed that Iceland was extremely serious about reaching a compromise agreement and stated that the EU should view the appointment of Mr Sigurgeir orgeirsson as negotiator to the mackerel talks as a clear intention of Icelands willingness to settle the mackerel dispute.

Both parties agreed the meeting was a useful exercise which may be repeated in the autumn, and the EU industry thanked Ambassador Jonsson for his role in setting up the discussions.

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