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Iceland Landowners Bar China’s Premier From Crater, Visir Says

April 21, 2012

Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, right, speaks with China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao as he arrives at Bessastadir, the Presidential residence, in Reykjavik on April 20, 2012. Photographer: Thorvaldur Orn Kristmundsson/AFP/Getty Images

Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, right, speaks with China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao as he arrives at Bessastadir, the Presidential residence, in Reykjavik on April 20, 2012. Photographer: Thorvaldur Orn Kristmundsson/AFP/Getty Images

Icelandic landowners prevented Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao from visiting volcanic crater lake Kerid in his two-day state visit to the island, as they oppose the policies of both China’s and Iceland’s governments, the Visir news service reported today.

Wen was meant to visit the privately owned Kerid volcanic crater lake on his visit to the southern part of the north Atlantic island today.

Due to the policies of the two governments, “Icelandic authorities were notified that this visit wasn’t welcome to Kerid,” Oskar Magnusson, one of the landowners, told the Reykjavik-based news service.

To contact the reporter on this story: Omar R. Valdimarsson in Reykjavik valdimarsson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net.


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