Iceland Joins Rockall Spat

The exchange of words between Scotland and Ireland may have settled down but just as they do Iceland pops up to remind everyone that it has a claim on the rock as well:

https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0621/1056733-iceland-rockall/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48724832

Iceland points out its vessels fish the waters around the disputed uninhabited outcrop over which Scotland (via the UK) claims a 12 mile territorial sea limit.

Ireland is more pragmatic saying it does not believe any country has a sovereign claim on the island.

Just to further complicate matters Denmark on behalf of the Faroes has a claim as well, although so far they have refrained from comment,

Helpfully Iceland’s government aver the issue should be settled via UNCLOS which is probably a sound idea given the last time Iceland was involved in ‘Cod wars’ with the UK they won!

Image: Rockall – Inset Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson Foreign Minister of Iceland

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary Celtic League

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