18 April 2019
Canada, Denmark and Russia have each claimed the North Pole. Photo: Internet
Canada, Denmark and Russia have each claimed the North Pole. Photo: Internet

Denmark stakes claim to North Pole

Denmark says the North Pole belongs to it.

The country filed a claim with the United Nations arguing the area around the North Pole is linked to the continental shelf of Greenland, a Danish autonomous territory, BBC News reported.

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said it was a “historic and important milestone” for Denmark.

Canada and Russia have already asserted their own sovereignty over the energy-rich Arctic territory.

The dispute is focused on the Lomonosov Ridge, a 1,800 kilometer-long underwater mountain range that splits the Arctic in two.

In 2008, a US Geological Survey report estimated that as much as 22 per cent of the world’s undiscovered and recoverable resources lay north of the Arctic Circle, but the North Pole itself is unlikely to have much oil or gas beneath its deep waters.

Denmark, along with Russia, Norway, Canada and the United States, said in 2008 that the territorial dispute should be settled under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

A team from the Danish mission at the UN presented three boxes to the commission on Monday, the BBC said.

The 21-member panel investigating the competing claims to the pole will have to decide whether the scientific evidence put forward is valid.

If claims overlap, the relevant states will then have to negotiate.

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