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New deal will open the Arctic for scientific cooperation

11.05.2017  22:24

The eight Arctic states today signed a legally binding agreement on strengthening research cooperation in and about the Arctic region. The agreement will ensure freedom of movement for researchers and research equipment across the Arctic region.

“This agreement is important because research constitutes an important part of the foundation for Arctic cooperation,” states the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, who continues:

”The research forms the basis for important political decisions regarding sustainable economic development and environment in the Arctic. But the research also comprises an important catalyst for a strengthened cooperation and a closer dialogue within other areas – and hence the preservation of the Arctic as a low tension region.”

Samuelsen signed the new agreement on behalf of the Kingdom of Denmark together with the Greenlandic Minister of Independence, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, Suka Frederiksen, and the Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Poul Michelsen.

This took place at the Arctic Council’s Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. The meeting marked the end of the US chairmanship; for the next two years, it will be Finland that takes on the role of chair.