Iceland Defence Agency to close doors?

cables3The Icelandic government yesterday decided to accept the Foreign Minister’s recommendation to close the Iceland Defence Agency.

The Iceland Defence Agency is a civilian organisation under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs which deals with Iceland’s security including operating radar stations and co-ordinating air defences. Iceland does not have a military and the Defence Agency was created in 2008 as a response to the final departure of US forces from Iceland in late 2006.

The operations of the Defence Agency would be split among other agencies including the coastguard.

The government will now draft a bill to be voted on in parliament.

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