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EU mackerel deal with Norway and Faroes angers Iceland

Published on Mar 13, 2014 7:35 PM

REYKJAVIK (AFP) - The European Union (EU) has reached an agreement over controversial mackerel quotas with Norway and the Faroe Islands, prompting an angry reaction from Iceland on Thursday.

The deal, agreed in London on Wednesday - a week after negotiations with Iceland broke down - is aimed at ending a four-year "mackerel war" over north Atlantic mackerel quotas with Iceland and the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory.

"I would have preferred that Iceland joined the agreement but an agreement between three is a big step in the right direction," Norwegian Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker said in a statement.

Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson expressed surprise that the deal had gone ahead without his country's involvment.

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