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Rights to Continental Shelf Discussed in Iceland

By Iceland Review

Representatives of the Icelandic, British, Irish and Danish (on behalf of the Faroese) governments met at Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday to discuss their claims to rights on the Hatton Rockall continental shelf.

“The meeting was very positive,” Tómas H. Heidar, an expert on international law at the Foreign Ministry, told Morgunbladid. “All attendees emphasized the division of rights to the continental shelf.”

All nations in attendance are claiming rights to the Hatton Rockall continental shelf, located south of Iceland and west of Britain, including rights to harness natural resources in the area, possibly oil.

Discussions began in 2001 at Iceland’s behest. Iceland’s government would like all four nations to reach an agreement and submit a joint report to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).

The Hatton Rockall meeting continues today with the next meeting slated for November 1 and 2 in Copenhagen.

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