Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Nationalist expansion?

Party veterans J.J.Jakobsen (Farmers) and S. Ornhoi (Socialist Left) demands stronger military presence in the Artic areas. Although it is unique that socialists want to strengthen anything that has to do with the army, it is more worrying that they want to "place cannons on Spitsbergen". The area is administered by Norway, but regulated by an international treaty. Farmers party tried to occupy Greenland in the 30's, and landed Norwegian sources on the autonomous Danish island. Hopefully they won't try to pursue ancient history through the army again.

Russia also has interests on Svalbard, and it's not excactly good timing to piss them off over three boats while Norway negotiates major oil interests in the Barent Sea area.

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