info.LandsbankiAction.org.gg   30-Mar-2016: Liquidators' Update, see Deloitte site

USA at Peace with Iceland? Ambassador finally arriving

The United States have not had an ambassador in Iceland since spring 2009. In April 2010 President Obama appointed Luis E. Arreaga Rhodas as ambassador in Iceland. . . This is because of an insult to the previous US ambassador by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímssson. . .

The reason for a long period of official chill between Iceland is rooted in the event last year when the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, announced to her on April 8 that she would be honored with the Order of the Falcon, the highest recognition of the Icelandic state. When Ambassador von Voorst was on her way to the presidential residence Bessastadir to formally accept the Order, she received a phone call explaining that the announcement had been sent by mistake and that she would not receive the Order after all . . .

Grímsson allegedly explained to her that only those who were deemed worthy were honored this way. In the past decades, three US Ambassadors to Iceland have received the Order of the Falcon.

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson did present the Order of the Falcon to Björgólfur Gudmundsson, then chairman and owner of Landsbanki. . . Mr. Gudmundsson was deemed worthy.  13-Sep-10.

http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16568&ew_0_a_id=367555