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Moscow had discussed “controversial zones” in the Arctic with Copenhagen and Ottawa

31.05.2019 16:05

Russia had discussed with Denmark and Canada so-called. “Disputed territorial zones” in applications for expanding the boundaries of the continental shelf in the Arctic, the member of Council of the Federation Committee on the Federal Structure, Regional Policies, Local Self-Governance and Affairs of the North, a representative of Murmansk regional executive authority in the Federation Council Igor Chernyshenko said.
He recalled that representatives of the three states  already took part in such kind of meeting  held in in Moscow several months ago. In addition, the parties agreed to continue negotiations on this issue in the frames of upcoming meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) in Ottawa.

“Applications on the borders of the continental shelf of Russia, Canada and Denmark intersect in a number of areas. And without the settlement of these moments between countries, the UN Commission will not be able to make a decision, so we are already looking for consensus on these disputed areas. This is a long process, so it’s difficult to talk about the timeline for the completion of all approvals,Chernyshenko explained.

Earlier, Canada sent a final request to the UN Commission to expand the boundaries of its Arctic continental shelf. This is stated in the statement of the Canadian Foreign Ministry. The document also emphasizes that the application was the first step of Ottawa in the process of obtaining international recognition of the borders of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

In December 2013 Ottawa filed  шеы ашкые first application for the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean shelf borders  in UN. It includes areas of the seabed in Labrador Sea, washing the coast of the peninsula of the same name, as well as to the east of the island of Newfoundland and the coast of Nova Scotia, TASS said. At the same time, Canada notified the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf that it would later submit an application for a part of the seabed outside the 200-mile exclusive economic zone in the Arctic Ocean.

At the same time the final decision on the disputed parts of the shelf will be presented only after the three countries have reached agreements in territorial matters, Chernyshenko clarified.