(No. 120 - March 29, 2010 - 4 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with foreign ministers of the five Arctic Ocean coastal states—Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States—in Chelsea, Quebec.
“By virtue of our sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in large parts of the Arctic Ocean, we are in a unique position to address new opportunities and challenges in the region,” said Minister Cannon. “We are committed to doing so within the extensive international legal framework that applies to the Arctic Ocean.
“Our citizens and northern inhabitants expect us to continue to show leadership on Arctic issues, and that is what we are doing. We are not reacting to change but shaping it. This meeting provided an opportunity for a forward-looking discussion among states with unique interests and responsibilities for the stewardship of the Arctic Ocean.”
Following the meeting, Minister Cannon released the Chair’s Summary and, at a closing press conference, summarized some of the meeting’s highlights, including the following:
In concluding this afternoon’s event, Minister Cannon commented on uninformed advice from outside the Arctic Ocean region. “We are acting firmly and clearly,” said the Minister. “Our leadership is based on a spirit of openness, consultation and collaboration. We, as Arctic Ocean coastal states, are taking action and showing leadership consistent with our roles as sovereign nations and coastal states in this important region.”
Please consult Chair’s Summary for full text.
For more information, please visit Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
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