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Reporter's Notebook Icelanders Hopes Talks Will Melt Image as Igloo-Dwellers
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Oct 11, 1986
Start Page: 10
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Steingrimur Hermannsson, the prime minister, believes Iceland will surely benefit in worldwide attention and understanding for hosting the summit between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

Everyone knows that someone made a mistake in scheduling Gorbachev's arrival in Iceland at the same time that the Icelandic government was opening its parliamentary session. But whose mistake was it? Said a Moscow official: "If the (Soviet) ambassador (to Iceland) is around tomorrow, you will know that it wasn't his fault."

Gorbachev chose to stay on a Soviet ship, the ferry boat Georg Ots, rather than the Baltika, a ship that was used by the late Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev on some foreign trips.

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