Denmark will not try to plant a new flag on a tiny island off northwestern Greenland that is at the centre of a territorial spat with Canada, Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said yesterday.
Mr. Moeller also said he and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew intend to discuss the dispute over Hans Island next month on the sidelines of a foreign ministers gathering at the United Nations.
The 1.3-square-kilometre uninhabited Arctic island lies between Canada's Ellesmere Island and Greenland, which is a semi-autonomous Danish territory. A 1973 border drawn through the Nares Strait between Ellesmere and Greenland left Hans Island's status undecided. AP