“It is high time we, having lived together for three centuries and most of the time joyously so, openly declare our love and mutual respect for each other. To the present day, we still awkwardly face each other, stepping on each other’s toes and failing to make decisions essential to the common good of the Kingdom’s parties.”
The emphatic proposal was made in a feature article published in the national Danish newspaper Politiken as well as in the Greenlandic newspaper Sermitsiaq last week. It was co-authored by two of the most well merited players inside and outside of the Kingdom, Greenland Premier Kuupik Vandersee Kleist and Professor of geology Minik Rosing.
The new Danish Arctic Strategy for the 2011-2020 period that was released yesterday, Monday, 22 August, by and large maintains the wording of the draft version leaked to the press in May.
Since May, Denmark has submitted the needed documentation for laying claim on two extended continental shelf areas by the Faroe Islands, whereas, the strategy document announces, 3 areas – one of which covers the North Pole - off the coast of Greenland will be claimed by 2014.