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Meeting in the Arctic Council on Friday: Continuing the peaceful cooperation is the main political priority

23.04.2015  15:15

Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard will participate along with Prime Minister of the Government of the Faroe Islands, Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, and the Greenlandic Minister for Industry, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs, Vittus Qujaukitsoq, in the ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council on April 24 2015 in Canada. The meeting marks the end of the Canadian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The Unites States of America will assume the chairmanship after the meeting.

“I am looking forward to travelling to Iqaluit with Greenland and the Faroe Islands. We work closely together to deliver tangible results and influence the development of the Arctic Region in areas such as economic development, climate and energy, transportation and peaceful cooperation. The Arctic is a strategically important region and a central foreign policy priority for Denmark.

I am happy that Russia is participating with a minister in the meeting even if it is not the Foreign Minister. We disagree with Russia on a number of issues, but cooperation in the Arctic is too important to let it influence our cooperation in the region. It is my impression that all the Arctic states agree on that. For the Kingdom it is a key priority to maintain the Arctic as an area of low conflict.

I am going to use the ministerial meeting to continue the government’s climate diplomatic effort, which I hope will pave the way for the best possible deal at COP21. Handling climate change is key to protecting the fragile environment in the Arctic”, says Minister for Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard.

Background
The Kingdom of Denmark will be represented at the ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council by Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard, Prime Minister of the Government of the Faroe Islands Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen and Greenlandic Minister for Industry, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs Vittus Qujaukitsoq. The delegation of the Kingdom will be travelling together to the ministerial meeting in Iqaluit.

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