• Short Summary

    Three Royal Navy frigates have been escorting British trawlers fishing within the 50-mile limit off the coast of Iceland since Saturday (19 May).

  • Description

    Three Royal Navy frigates have been escorting British trawlers fishing within the 50-mile limit off the coast of Iceland since Saturday (19 May).

    The decision of the British Government to send in the frigates came after a series of incidents in which Icelandic gunboats attempted to chase away British trawlers from the disputed fishing grounds.

    The move has been termed by the Icelandic government as being "aggressive", and in retaliation for this action, Iceland has barred British military aircraft from landing at Keflavik airport in the Island's capital of Reykjavik.

    Although Britain does not have a permanent Royal Air Force base in Iceland, the airport has been used by the R.A.F. under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Both Britain and Iceland are members of NATO.

    Icelandic unilaterally extended its fishery limit from 12 miles to 50 miles nine months ago and since then a bitter dispute has raged between the Reykjavik government and Britain and West Germany -- which both maintain that the extension is a violation of international law.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4IL58NMW4K6YETP4RPIBVTYPR
    Media URN:
    VLVA4IL58NMW4K6YETP4RPIBVTYPR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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