Monday, February 06, 2006

It is high time that Denmark lets Greenland flourish freely

Greenland is the largest island in the world. Its northerly location, at the point where the Atlantic meets the Arctic Ocean, means that is very isolated. Although large in size, it is still colonized by tiny Denmark, the largest remaining power of once so mighty Western Europe. When the first settler in Greenland, Erik the Red, according to old Icelandic sagas, named the new country Greenland to attract other settlers there, he would not have imagined that the island would be in 2006 still under Danish Colonial Rule. Even though Greenland has had a home-rule government under normal Danish rule, like the Faroe Islands, we believe that is time for people of Greenland to excercise their right to self-determination under ICCPR and other international documents. Danish society has usually regarded itself as being pluralistic and democratic place, where conflict are being avoided at every level of society. However, it seems that Denmark has no shown any keenness to give up their largest and richest island in natural resources without decent diplomatic dispute. Greenlanders - the Inuit - deserve to call their country Kalaallit Nunaat, which means the land of the people, and to find their place in the international community of various actors.

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