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Denmark and Canada reached an agreement on Tuesday to end nearly 50 years of dispute over ownership of a small, uninhabited island in the Arctic.
Since 1971, countries have been “fighting” in “whiskey warsTo settle claims on Hans Island.
Expeditions from Ottawa and Copenhagen traversed the icy conditions of farming alcohol bottles On a small rock with an area of \u200b\u200b1.2 square kilometres.
But now the officials have almost agreed to divide the place by Half.
“Such as global security Under threat, it is now more important than ever that democracies such as Canada and the Kingdom of Denmark work together side by side with indigenous peoples to resolve our differences in accordance with international law,” said Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie, Reuters reported.
The island is located next to Greenland, an autonomous region within Denmark. Therefore, it corresponds to Copenhagen Managing certain policies, such as foreign and security.
Some see the deal as a sign of thatAnd theArctic countries of NATO They are getting closer after Russia’s isolation over its invasion of Ukraine raised security concerns after decades of calm in the region.
“It’s really a signal to other parties that have interests there that this is the way to do it,” Soren Norby, a military historian at the Royal Danish Defense College, told Reuters.
The island is named after the Greenlandic explorer Hans Hendrik, who took part in the first expedition to the island in 1853. Tartublock In Greenland, which translates as “college-shaped”.
The war of pranks and whiskey bottles began after countries came together to resolve border disputes in Nurse Straita 35-kilometre-wide cold water channel separating Canada and Greenland, an autonomous region of Denmark.
They agreed to create a border across the strait in 1973, but during negotiations, conflicting claims On the small island.
Canada and Greenland are both 18 km from Hans Islandallowing them to claim the rock under international law.
In the end they decided to settle the dispute at a later time.
However, Canada made bold bet For the property in 1984, when the troops landed on the rock.
They quickly planted a maple leaf flag and buried a whiskey bottle Canadian, before he comes home.
Denmark’s Minister of Greenland Affairs cannot allow such a thing excitement I keep. Weeks later, he’s off to Hans, where he swaps out the offensive Canadian symbol for a Danish flag and a bottle of Copenhagen’s best liquor.
But he went a step further than the Canadians and left with pride Note: “Welcome to Danish Island”.
Thus began the Whiskey Wars.
Over the next 49 years, dozens of Canadians and Danes participated in rite Visitors to the island describe a sea of flags and notes left on the spot.
Finally, in 2018, countries decided to establish a joint working group to solve a problem fightingEnding the decades-old policy of ‘consent to difference’.
The agreement will be signed once both countries have given parliamentary approval and will see the island divided along natural incision on the rocky outcrop, according to an agreement published by the Danish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
Once signed, Canada and Denmark will have established The longest sea border in the world With 3882 km.
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