Thursday, August 04, 2005

The Vikings reply

Okay, not the Vikings, but the Danish navy. The Danes have dispatched a ship to Hans Island.

Again, this will give you some idea as to what it is the Danes and Canadians are arguing over:
"If we manage to reach the island, we will hoist a new Danish flag. We're trying to change the flags as often as possible because they are quickly torn apart by the strong winds," [Danish navy spokesman] Mr. Jensen said by telephone from the Danish navy base on Greenland's west coast.

"As it looks now, the ice situation may not allow us to reach the island. But we will try to get as far north as possible," he said. Danish navy ships have been able to visit the island only three times since 1988 because of the thick Arctic ice around it.