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Who Owns the Arctic?: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North Paperback – February 23, 2010
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of important resources. The possession of oil, gas, and metals mandate a geopolitical 'race' particularly
to Russia's advantage.
All littoral Arctic Countries would benefit from peaceful and cooperative agreements.
This well written book helps one to understand!
"The legal dispute over the Northwest Passage does not concern Canada's title to the waterway. Rather, the United States has long considered that the Passage, which cuts between thousands of indisputably Canadian islands, fulfills the legal criteria for an international strait by connecting two expanses of high seas (the Atlantic and Arctic oceans) and being used for international navigation. From this perspective, Canada owns the waterway, but foreign vessels have a right of 'transit passage,' much like walkers on a footpath through British farmland.
"In contrast, Canada regards the Northwest Passage as 'internal waters' having the same legal status as the Ottawa River or Lake Winnipeg. Accordingly, foreign vessels must have Canada's permission and are subject to the full force of Canadian domestic law. But while that's clear enough, Canada has changed its legal position several times in the past century--opening it up to charges of inconsistency and, perhaps, weakening the claim."
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Gave me a better understanding of what's going on up North!! That's all the words I have! No, that's it.Published on January 4, 2014 by MM