Iceland is also using the occasion to explain its policies and international grievances to journalists. Minister of Foreign Affairs Matthias A. Mathiessen and Minister of Fisheries Halldor Asgrimsson, for example, met a few American journalists at lunch Thursday to explain some of Iceland's recent problems with the United States.
A good deal of discussion centered on a dispute over Iceland's killing of 120 whales this year in a research project. Under pressure from the United States, Iceland has finally agreed to sell no more than 49% of the whale meat from the project to Japan, consuming the rest in Iceland.
Much, of course, depends on whether Iceland can cope with the enormous telephone traffic sure to come once the summit begins on Saturday. [Helgi Agustsson], the government spokesman, said that Iceland has only 200 international lines.