Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (FRANCE)- The United States has re-opened its consulate in Greenland’s capital Nuuk, the US embassy in Copenhagen said on Wednesday. The opening comes nearly a year after Denmark rejected President Donald Trump’s interest in buying its vast Arctic territory.
“The consulate is another positive sign of the strong collaboration between the US government and the Greenlandic and Danish governments,” said US ambassador Carla Sands.
The first US Consulate in Greenland was opened in 1940 after the beginning of the Nazi occupation of Denmark, but in 1953 it was closed. Greenland was an important base for US and allied forces protecting shipping during the Second World War against Nazi Germany.
Greenland is the largest island on Earth (if Australia is regarded as a continent) in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. It is an administrative autonomous part of Denmark. About 58 thousand people live on the island, 90% of them are Greenland Eskimos. 80% of the island is covered in ice.
Washington received the go ahead from Copenhagen to set up the consulate last December.
At the end of April, Greenland said it had accepted an offer of $12.1 million in US funds for mining, tourism and education in the massive territory. It is strategically placed in the Arctic where there is thought to be considerable wealth, increasingly accessible with global warming.
Denmark has recently cooperated with the United States in blocking the opening of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic connecting Russia and Germany directly.