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Denmark declares its rights to claim enormous territory in the Arctic

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDenmark has announced its rights to claim an enormous territory of the Arctic seabed at the North Pole area. According to information provided by Danish authorities, this territory is a continuation of Greenland.

The claim for a territory of 895,000 km2, which is 20 times larger than Denmark’s territory, means that Denmark wants to expand its territory over the Arctic Ocean and all the way to Russia’s sea border, as reported by Danish Culture Institute in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

With that, Denmark begins the new stage in competition with Russia and Canada. Both Russia and Canada have made this matter their political projects, as mentioned in Danish Politiken.

In 2007, a Russian submarine set up a titanium flag on the seabed near the North Pole. One year ago, Canadian Prime Minister called the claim that concluded how Canada had no rights for the North Pole as vain and offensive. He then asked scientists to look for better scientifically-backed evidence to the contrary.

Denmark is the first country to have fully compiled its claims for a large chunk of territory in that area. This announcement is the result of 12 years of hard work and four other claims for the territories of Greenland and Faroe Islands. DKK 300 million have been invested into this project, including research and data analysis, as reported by the newspaper.

It will not be possible to recover this money in a direct way. However, no one can say if some valuable mineral may end up being found in 50 years in that area. On top of that, rights for ownership over territories in that area would increase Denmark’s influence in management matters of the Arctic environment when the Arctic gains a more important role in geopolitics.

«The objective of this huge project is to define the outer limits of our continental shelf and thereby ultimately of the Kingdom of Denmark,» – said Denmark’s Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard in his interview.

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  1. Linda says:

    What happened to the corridor of international waters around this area?

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