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Danes want to push Greenland to have more rights to its natural resources

Monday, 04 March 2013
The vast majority of Danes believe that Greenland should continue to have the right to the country's resources, a new opinion poll in Denmark show.

The poll conducted by polling organisation Ramboll / Analysis Denmark for the Danish daily, Jyllands-Posten show that a majority of just over 70 percent of Danes hold that it was okay to give Greenland the right to the country's resources along with the Self-Government Act in 2009. Only about 22 percent believe that it was a wrong decision.

In the recent months, there has been increased renewed debate about how the vast wealth emerging from Greenland's melting ice and those found underground should be managed and exploited.

The Danish People's Party, which is the only party which voted against the law of autonomy finds the poll surprising and even wrong.
"It is very surprising and not a picture that I recognize. When I talk to people, they are generally furious that Denmark has given Greenland the right to the raw materials," says the party's Greenland's spokesman, Soren Espersen.
"I do not know if people understand that we'll continue to pay billions of Kroner as block grants to Greenland in the next several years and we'll finance Greenland mining projects," he said.

In Greenland, raw materials and the extraction of uranium with Chinese labour and the economic potential from that backdrop will be the key issues in the debate leading to the parliamentary elections on the 12th of March.

Kuupik Kleist, interim President of the Socialist Party, Inuit Ataqatigiit welcomes the backing of the Danish population.
"Resources have been on the agenda for many, many years, even though the Danish politicians act as if they have just woken the Sleeping Beauty from sleep."

"Some people seem to think that oil is already flowing on the streets, and that we all walk around with gold chains around our necks up here," says Kleist.
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