Mr Denmark's Hans Island Page

Thursday, January 26, 2006

What's next?

Canada is still refusing to take the matter to the Ínternational Court of Justice in the Hague, so this could be ended once and for all, instead they a spending millions on new satelit equipment.
And with the new Conservative Goverment, there's little chance that they will back off anytime soon
In fact there's a high chance that they will try to invade again doing the summer. But Denmark is ofcause ready and already have patrol boats within a short distance.
Agdlek class patrol boat

Video of the Royal Danish Navy -

( Like Hans Island the video is in Danish )

And we are building new and better armed ships to take over in late 2007

New IF Class patrol boat

3d Animation of the new IF class -

What will happen remains to be seen, but Denmark is as always ready to defend it's territory should Canada invade again.

But please Canada, why don't we just settle it in the Hague, what are you guys afraid of?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hans Island has been liberated!

The Danish patrol cutter HDMS Tulugaq has succesfully completed it's mission to Hans Island.

HDMS Tulugaq

But it's still not over!

- Denmark and Canada agreed to still disagree, when the Danish foreign minister Per Stig Møller met with the Canadian foreign minister Pierre Pettigrew under the UN's Generalasembly in New York. Link

- But the Danish foreign minister could confirm that the Canadian flag is now "blown" down. Link

The Royal Danish Navy has posted a video of Operation Peng 2003 Link

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hans Island History

On August 13, 1872 Hans Hendrik ( a Greenlandic/Danish arctic traveller and translator ) Discovered Hans Island. It happened during Charles Francis Hall's third North Pole expedition. And he had the island named after him: "Hans Ø" ( "Hans Island" in English ).

In 1920 The Danish "Celebration Expedition" accurately mapped the whole region of the Northern Greenland coast. Including Hans Island. In 1933, the Permanent Court of International Justice declares the legal status of Greenland in favour of Denmark. The status of Hans Island is not addressed. However, decades later, Denmark will claim that geological evidence points to Hans Island being part of Greenland, and therefore that it belongs to Denmark by extension of the Court's ruling.

In 1972, a team consisting of personnel from Canadian Hydrographic Service and Danish personnel, working in Nares Strait determined the geographic coordinates for Hans Island. During negotiations between Canada and Denmark on Northern maritime boundaries in 1973, Canada claims that Hans Island is part of their territory. No agreement is reached between the two governments on the issue.

In August 1983 The Captain and Executive Officer of a Danish ship on a mission to land at Hans Island are flown on an ice survey from Thule to Hans Island in a Canadian C-130 Hercules. The ice was too thick and the Captain vows to return the next summer to land at Hans Island.

1984 - Tom Høyem, Danish Minister for Greenland, chartered a helicopter to the Island.

1988 - The Danish Arctic Ocean patrol cutter HDMS Tulugaq arrived at the island, builds a cairn and placed a flagpole and Danish flag on the island.

1995 - The Danish liaison officer and crew working at Thule Air Base flew in and placed another flagpole and flag.

Late August 1997 - The Danish Arctic/Ocean patrol cutter HDMS Agpa tried to reach the island, but was forced to turn around 150 miles from the Island, due to extreme ice.

2001 - Keith Dewing and Chris Harrison, geologists with the Geological Survey of Canada who were mapping northern Ellesmere Island, flew by helicopter to the island."Geologically, it's very Greenlandy. It's flat - it looks like Greenland, but there are other bits of Greenland plate in Canada. Hopefully, the boundaries aren't decided on geology."- Keith Dewing - Geological Survey of Canada

August 13, 2002 - The Danish inspection ship HDMS Vædderen arrived and erected a new cairn, flagpole and flag, finding the 1988 flag missing and the 1995 flag in pieces, likely due to weather.

August 1, 2003 - The crew of the Danish frigate HDMS Triton landed on the island and replaced the Danish flag again.

July 13, 2005 - Canadian soldiers land on the Island, for the first time, placing a traditional Inuit stone marker (Inukshuk) with a plaque and a Canadian flag.

July 20, 2005 - As a symbolic move, Canadian Defence Minister Bill Graham set foot on the island.

July 25, 2005 - A Danish government official announced that Denmark would issue a Letter of Protest to Canada.

July 26, 2005 - Deputy premier of Greenland, Josef Motzfeldt, stated that the island had been occupied by Canada, stating that experts should determine which country the island belongs to.

July 28, 2005 - The Danish Ambassador to Canada publishes an article in the newspaper Ottawa Citizen regarding the Danish view on the Hans Island issue. "Denmark appreciates that the larger issue of sovereignty in the North is a real concern to Canada. Greenland, and thus the Kingdom of Denmark is also a part of the North. Denmark is not intruding in the area. We are only trying to protect what we believe to be part of our Kingdom"

August 4, 2005 - The Danish Arctic/Ocean patrol cutter HDMS Tulugaq has been sent from Naval Station Grønnedal to Hans Island to assert Danish sovereignty. The cutter is expected to arrive in three weeks time.

August 8, 2005 - Danish newspapers report that Canada wishes to open negotiations regarding the future of Hans Island. The news was welcomed by Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen who stated that It is time to stop the flag war. It has no place in a modern, international world. Countries like Denmark and Canada must be able to find a peaceful solution in a case such as this.

August 16, 2005 - According to Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller, Denmark and Canada have agreed to re-open negotiations regarding the future of Hans Island. Denmark will immediately begin geological surveys in the area, and Per Stig Møller will meet his Canadian counterpart Pierre Pettigrew in New York in the middle of September. Should they fail to reach an agreement, both governments have agreed to submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice in the Hague. The government of Greenland had agreed to this course of action. Regarding the Danish patrol cutter HDMS Tulugaq currently on route to Hans Island, the minister stated "I have instructed the ship to sail there, but they will not go ashore tearing down (the Canadian) flag and replacing it with a new one. It would be a somewhat childish (behaviour) between two NATO allies."

Fact: Denmark has known and regarded the island Danish for more than 130 Years.

Fact: Denmark has planted 5 Flags and have sent numerous patrols to the area for more than 50 years.

Fact: Canadian Forces didn't set foot on Hans Island until July 13, 2005 ( Danish Forces did it in 1984 )

Fact: The Danish Navy is capable of reaching the island all year. ( Denmark has four icebreaker )

Fact: The Canadian Navy is NOT! ( Canada has none )

So, when the issue goes to the International Court of Justice in the Hague. Denmark will come out of it victorious!

- Mr Denmark