Leaders of fishermen's unions in the United Kingdom and West Germany met with their counterparts in Iceland on Friday (May 12) to discuss the Icelandic Government's decision to extend fishing limits from twelve to fifty miles around the island.
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SV Representatives from Iceland, UK and West Germany at table (2 shots)
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Icelandic Seamen's Federation Headquarters; union leaders arriving; representatives form UK, West Germany and Iceland at table; close-ups; delegates in conference.
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Background: Leaders of fishermen's unions in the United Kingdom and West Germany met with their counterparts in Iceland on Friday (May 12) to discuss the Icelandic Government's decision to extend fishing limits from twelve to fifty miles around the island.
Iceland plans to extend its fishing limits form September this year. The Government argues that Iceland's dependence on fishing is so special that it cannot be overlooked. The country's fishermen have long pressed for a fifty mile limit, but they recognise the hardship this will involve for leading European fishing nations like the United Kingdom and West Germany.
Britain has taken the dispute to the International Court of Justice at the Hague and talks are under way at various levels in attempts to find possible interim arrangements for continued fishing by British vessels around Iceland, pending settlement of the dispute.
Friday's meeting of union leaders - filmed for Visnews by Gisli Gestsson - was in the context of these talks. Those present included the meeting chairman, Mr. Charles Blyth - of the International Transport Workers Federation; Mr. Jack Jones and Mr. Dave Shannon of the U.K.'s Transport and General Workers Union; Mr. Fritz Anneri of the West German Transport Workers Federation, and Mr. Jon Sigurdsson, President of the Icelandic Seamen's Federation.
The meeting - held at the Reykjavik headquarters of the Icelandic Seamen's Federation - was the second held by union leaders to discuss the controversial measure. The first was in London a few week ago.
SYNOPSIS: Leaders of fishermen's unions in Britain and West Germany met their opposite numbers in Iceland on Friday to discuss the planned extension of Iceland's fishing boundaries. For the Government has decided to push the fishing limits out from twelve miles around the coast to fifty miles, and this has angered British and West German fishermen......
At the Reykjavik headquarters of the Icelandic Seamen's Federation representatives of the men affected discussed ways of avoiding clashes between them. The new boundaries are set to take effect on September the first this year, but the British Government says the Icelandic plan is without foundation in International Law, and has taken the case to the International Court at the Hague.
Meetings like this one aim to make temporary arrangements pending the International Court's judgement....