Hans Island to be split between Canada and Greenland?
Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:08:40 PM
Hans Island (Inuktitut/Greenlandic: Tartupaluk; French: Île Hans; Danish: Hans Ø) is a small, uninhabited barren knoll measuring 1.3 km2, 1,290 m long and 1,199 m wide, located in the centre of the Kennedy Channel of Nares Strait—a strait that separates Ellesmere Island, Canada, from northern Greenland. Sovereignty over this small island is claimed by as well Denmark as Canada - claims that got more momento, as climate change in the Arctic opened more of the region to resource exploitation and marine traffic.
It is said that according to a draft settlement a boundary would be drawn running north to south, connecting the existing maritime boundaries on either side of the island, splitting the island equally between Canada and Greenland, which sounds like a true solomonic judgement.
Neither governments have confirmed any deal.
In a separate commentary in the Post, Jonathan Kay said the reported deal "raises the intriguing possibility that Canada would end up sharing a common border with the European Community, just as Russia does”. Jonathan Kay is apparently ignorant of the facts that Greenland is NOT a member of the EU, and that the EU for far more than a decade is correctly termed the European Union, but you cannot always expect journalists to be correct, can you? (Yes, Denmark is a member of the EU, but the autonomous Greenland isn't - Greenland originally joined the then-European Communities with Denmark in 1973. However, it left following a Greenlandic referendum in 1985).
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