Denmark submits data to UN to claim disputed Rockall zone

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Denmark said Friday it had supplied evidence to a UN body to support its ownership claim, through its Faroe Islands territory, of the disputed and resource-rich Rockall zone in the North Atlantic.

The continental shelf of the Rockall zone, south of the Faroe Islands, is said to be rich in oil and gas. The territory is disputed by Denmark, Ireland, Britain and Iceland.

The Danish foreign ministry said in a statement that the Danish and Faroe Islands' governments had submitted technical and scientific evidence to the UN's Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) on Thursday.

Experts submitted data collected on the "Faroe-Rockall" plateau since 2001, deploring that "despite consultations between all parties during years, no agreement has yet been reached on the limits of the continental shelf," the statement said.

Britain and Ireland submitted their scientific proofs for ownership claims in March 2009, Denmark said, while Iceland has yet to present any data.

The Faroe Islands, home to around 48,000 people, have been an autonomous Danish province since 1948 though foreign affairs, the legal system, defence and policing remain under the jurisdiction of the Danish kingdom.

The archipelago is situated between Norway, Iceland and Scotland in the North Atlantic ocean.

© 2010 AFP

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