COPENHAGEN (dpa) – Seeking to demarcate its territory in light of increasing Arctic exploration, Denmark is slated Monday to request formal recognition for an extended area of continental shelf.
In a move likely to stir controversy with other Arctic coastal states – Canada, Norway, Russia and the United States – which have also made claims to some of the same underwater areas, Denmark said it would submit a proposal to a UN body in New York.
“The objective of this huge project is to define the outer limits of our continental shelf and thereby – ultimately – of the Kingdom of Denmark,” said Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard.
Denmark’s proposal covers a 895,541 square-kilometre area in the Arctic, 370 kilometres from the northern coast of Greenland, and includes seabed under the North Pole.
Copenhagen said the joint submission with Greenland – which has a high degree of autonomy within Denmark – is to be filed with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), a UN body that helps implement the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.