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The Icelandic Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Ingvi Ingvasson and his legal advisor, Mr. Hans Andersen, held a news conference at the United Nations on Wednesday (17 December) to explain their country's position in the cod war with Britain, which has been taking place off Iceland's shores.
Ambassador Ingvasson said that although Iceland's coastguard patrols were no match for the British Royal Navy his country intended to arrest British ships entering Icelandic territorial waters.
Mr. Andersen made a powerful plea for Iceland's cause, saying that the fishing industry is the cornerstone of his country's economic survival.
The most recent incident in the cod war took place on Thursday (18 December) when the Icelandic patrol vessel, Odin, cut the trawl wires of the British traveller Crystal Palace.
It was the latest in a series of wire cutting by Icelandic patrol boats since the Reykjavik Government's unilaterally declared extension of its fishing limits from 50 to 200 miles, which was effective from early November.