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‘Historic’ Norwegian-Russian treaty signed in Murmansk. The unclear situation of the maritime border between Norway and Russia was finally determined today, when the Norwegian and Russian Foreign Ministers Jonas Gahr Støre and Sergey Lavrov signed the treaty on maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean in Murmansk. President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg also attended the ceremony, and both said at the press conference afterwards that Murmansk was the most natural place to sign such historical treaty between the two nations. “This is a historic milestone. The treaty resolves what for several decades remained the most important outstanding issue between Norway and Russia. We are pleased that we have now established the maritime boundary between Norway and Russia in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean,” said Prime Minister Stoltenberg.

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‘Historic’ Norwegian-Russian treaty signed in Murmansk

Published on Wednesday, 15th September, 2010 at 20:38 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk.

The unclear situation of the maritime border between Norway and Russia was finally determined today, when the Norwegian and Russian Foreign Ministers Jonas Gahr Støre and Sergey Lavrov signed the treaty on maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean in Murmansk.

Signing of the agreement
Signing of the agreement
Photo: Norwegian Prime Minister's Office


President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg also attended the ceremony, and both said at the press conference afterwards that Murmansk was the most natural place to sign such historical treaty between the two nations.

“This is a historic milestone. The treaty resolves what for several decades remained the most important outstanding issue between Norway and Russia. We are pleased that we have now established the maritime boundary between Norway and Russia in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean,” said Prime Minister Stoltenberg.

The signed treaty marks the end of a long process that started in 1970 and is considered to be the most important historic event in Norwegian-Russian relations since 1945, when the Red Army left Finnmark.

President Medvedev said Murmansk is important in the cooperation between the two countries, according to vesti.ru.

Line of maritime delimitation
Line of maritime delimitation
Norwegian Government
The breakthrough in the 40-year long stalemate between Norway and Russia came during President Medvedev’s visit to Norway on 27 April this year, when both countries’ Foreign Ministers signed a joint statement announcing a preliminary agreement on delimitation had been reached by their respective negotiating teams.

“The treaty will strengthen our neighbourly relations with Russia and will enhance predictability and stability in the area. It sends an important signal to the rest of the world ­– the Arctic is a peaceful region where any issues that arise are resolved in accordance with international law. It reflects the parties’ active role and responsibility as coastal states for securing stability and strengthening cooperation in the Arctic Ocean,” said Prime Minister Stoltenberg.

Other members of the Government present today were Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Environment Minister Erik Solheim, and Minister Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The deal will now have to be ratified by the Norwegian Parliament and Russian Duma.




Published on Wednesday, 15th September, 2010 at 20:38 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk.

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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