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Newsline: Canada and Denmark try to lecture Russia and Ukraine on international diplomacy

Canada and Denmark have been fighting the Whisky War, a conflict over ownership of a barren rock outcropping in a channel separating Canada from Greenland. Hans Island is only a half square mile in size, and when a Canadian legal team was called in to make a presentation to lawmakers in Ottawa, they literally could not find it on a map. Both sides concede that the island, close as it is to the North Pole, really has no value. Still, neither side wanted to give it up. But all’s well that ends well, and this week Canada and Denmark signed a historic treaty, agreeing to split the island down the middle. Both sides took the opportunity to lecture Russia and Ukraine on matters of international diplomacy. “As we stand here today, we see gross violation of international rules unfold in another part of the world,” said Jeppe Kofod, Denmark’s foreign minister. (https://news.yahoo.com/canada-denmark-try-lecture-russia-090023644.html) “In contrast, we have demonstrated how long-standing international disputes can be resolved peacefully and playing by the rules.”

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