"Has damaged both the cause and the majority"

"I believe that this matter was put forward with good ...

"I believe that this matter was put forward with good intentions to emphasize the City Council's support of human rights," says Dagur B Eggertsson Photo: Mbl.is

The decision to accept the proposal to boycott Israeli products at the Reykjavik City Council has damaged the council majority according to Mayor Dagur B.Eggertsson. His response to whether he will resign is that he thinks "that's a big statement" from the council opposition.

"I believe that this  matter was put forward with good intentions to emphasize the City Council's support of human rights. However, the way we tackled it hurt the cause and I think it also hurt the majority and thats's something I feel that we have to face. It's going to be very important in the next steps regarding the matter that we do it better and possibly regain some trust," said the Mayor speaking to RÚV national radio

this morning.

In the interview he says that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs was not contacted before the proposal was accepted but that he had spoken with the Foreign Minister today. When asked if he had considered resigning, something that has been voiced by representatives of the City Council opposition he replied "That's a big suggestion from them."

Eggertsson added that the City Council majority had not believed that they were going against national laws by their decision. The next step would be to look at the stance made by the Foreign Ministry on the matter. 

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