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Barents Sea compromise towards ratification. Cooperation between Norway and Russia in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean regions is to move closer next week when political leaders from both countries assemble in Russia. Foreign Ministers Jonas Gahr Støre and Sergej Lavrov will sign the deal in Murmansk on 15 September, which defines the bilateral maritime delimitation line. The signing comes just five months after Russian President Dimitry Medvedev’s visit when he met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

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Barents Sea compromise towards ratification

Published on Tuesday, 7th September, 2010 at 11:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th September 2010 at 13:16.

Cooperation between Norway and Russia in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean regions is to move closer next week when political leaders from both countries assemble in Russia.

Foreign Ministers Støre and Lavrov in Moscow
Foreign Ministers Støre and Lavrov in Moscow
Photo: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


“Historic”

Foreign Ministers Jonas Gahr Støre and Sergej Lavrov will sign the deal in Murmansk on 15 September, which defines the bilateral maritime delimitation line.

The signing comes just five months after Russian President Dimitry Medvedev’s visit when he met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg says he believes years of negotiations to resolve the outstanding issue are now over, and calls the treaty “historic”.

“There is agreement about exactly where the border should be as well as how we will cooperate on the matter,” he tells NRK.

The deal will also open the waters for the oil and gas and fishing industries, according to the Prime Minister.

Catastrophic

However, there are troubled waters ahead. Environmentally friendly SV (Socialist Left Party may have to leave the coalition government if it loses the battle to stop oil-related activities in the area.

Lars Haltebrekken, head of Friends of the Earth Norway (Naturvernforbundet), has said he believes the accord will be catastrophic.

“The new agreement shouldn’t be an oil and gas accord. It is a tragedy for the northern areas. Whilst the ice melts and the natural environment is threatened by increased temperatures, it appears the Norwegian government is primarily concerned about extracting even more climate-destructive oil and gas.”

Academic?

The Norwegian and Russian Parliaments will also have to give formal consent to the agreement. Russia has torpedoed similar efforts in the past.

“The Duma has refused to ratify a comparable deal with the US over the Bering Strait. I am pleased this agreement will be signed quickly, but we must be aware that both Parliaments will have to approve the deal,” says Stoltenberg, who will be joined by Medvedev at next week’s ceremony.




Published on Tuesday, 7th September, 2010 at 11:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th September 2010 at 13:16.

This post has the following tags: jonas, gahr, stoere, sergej, lavrov, jens, stoltenberg, dimitri, medvedev, murmansk, barents, sea, arctic, ocean, parliament, duma.





  
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