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Norway urges Canada-Russia accord on Arctic. Norway has urged Canada to negotiate and settle their disputes with Russia to decrease existing tensions over sovereignty in the Far North. The recommendation follows this week’s signed maritime delimitation agreement between Norway and Russia. The deal ends the two countries’ own 40-year-old disagreements, allowing exploration of natural resources as well as opening up new trade routes. According to Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre several countries with interests in the Arctic have approached Norway for advice on how to conduct negotiations with Russian representatives, including Canada.

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Norway urges Canada-Russia accord on Arctic

Published on Friday, 17th September, 2010 at 13:19 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 17th September 2010 at 14:14.

Norway has urged Canada to negotiate and settle their disputes with Russia to decrease existing tensions over sovereignty in the Far North.

Foreign Ministers Støre and Cannon
Foreign Ministers Støre and Cannon
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr


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The recommendation follows this week’s signed maritime delimitation agreement between Norway and Russia. The deal ends the two countries’ own 40-year-old disagreements, allowing exploration of natural resources as well as opening up new trade routes.

According to Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre several countries with interests in the Arctic have approached Norway for advice on how to conduct negotiations with Russian representatives, including Canada.

Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon has been on tour of Norway and Russia, and held meetings with Russian officials in Moscow yesterday.

"Minister Cannon has shown a keen interest in this process since before we concluded this agreement," Støre told The Canadian Press from Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia.

Confrontational “laggard”

The Arctic Ocean was once impenetrable but with the prospect of significant ice melting, has become a reason for dispute between countries wishing to “get their share” of oil and gas deposits in the region.

Some countries like Norway and Russia make progress in pursuing their policies, whilst some perceive Canada as country bringing up the rear. 

“Everyone else is sorting out their differences, we really are the laggards,” Professor Michael Byers, Global Politics and International Law chair at the University of British Columbia, told the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.

Professor Byers is preoccupied with Canada’s maritime boundary disputes. Canada also has disagreements with the US regarding the Beaufort Sea, Denmark over the Hans Island, as well as Ellesmere Island and Greenland, according to CBC News.

He has said he believes Canada could settle their territorial claims if they approach the matters seriously within a two-year timeframe.

“This will be decided purely on the basis of the geology and international law. The Law of the Sea Convention has incredibly detailed provisions that are entirely science-based,” he told Canada’s online news site The Star.

Hope in sight?

Last month, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon expressed determination to deal with Canada’s disputes in the Arctic.

“Making progress on outstanding boundary issues will be a top priority,” he said.

Both Russia and Canada are seeking UN involvement to help settle their territorial disputes. Foreign Minister Støre suggested both countries should consider negotiating for themselves, however.

"This is the way to go. I'm certain that Canada and Russia, being Arctic coastal states, have real steps to explore on a number of areas," he said.



Published on Friday, 17th September, 2010 at 13:19 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 17th September 2010 at 14:14.

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