France files letter to UN laying claim to Canadian seabed territory

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France has filed a letter of intent with the United Nations laying claim to a huge energy-rich part of the Atlantic seabed off Newfoundland and Labrador.
France contends its territorial rights extend beyond the 200-nautical-mile mark off the coast of its territory of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
In a document filed Friday with a UN tribunal, France states its boundaries should extend up to 350 miles to the limit of the continental shelf.
Canada maintains the long-standing boundary dispute was settled in 1992 by the International Court of Arbitration.
That ruling granted France a north-south economic corridor of 200 miles long and 10 miles wide.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said in March that the 1992 ruling was definitive and Canada had no desire to revisit the issue.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated Canada's position last month in a letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams.

Organizations: United Nations

Geographic location: France, Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

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  • Pepe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    france she has every right to the oil and gas off her sovereign territory and nothing Harper can say can stop the un from proceding on this claim. france she can prove precedents of ownership of natural resources such as fishing to support her ownership of oil and gas resources off her coast. no one owns the animals that died to create these fossil fuels. france she is the economic powerhouse that canada cannot afford to go against with trade in the eu. nuff said.

  • Atilla
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Well we gave the EU and France our fish and seal industries so sure come on in gang and have the oil and gas too.

  • No Way
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    And where is General Wolf when you need him.......I think he was killed by a French assassin....wasn't he????

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    The headline on this story is incredibly misleading. France/SPM aren't claiming ANY Canadian territory. They are CLAIMING territory outside 200 miles which may also be CLAIMED by Canada, but which is not indisputably Canadian by a long shot.

    People need to take a breather and maybe actually check the facts. Maybe that's too much to expect wrt Newfoundland and boundary disputes, where everyone seems to lose their heads.

  • Atilla
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    PEPE you either a mainlander or from the mainland with attitude like that. You a uptight mainland professor at MUN by chance? Sound like one for sure. Less of your attitude for the survival of this Republic!

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    France and the EU in general have taken enough from us over the years (the fish) and the only reason France even recognises St. Pierre as its own is because they hope to get their hand on what is rightfully Newfoundland's and Canada. I hope Canada fights this one all the way. Pepe Lepieu sounds like a disgruntled French speaking person.

  • Pepe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    france she has every right to the oil and gas off her sovereign territory and nothing Harper can say can stop the un from proceding on this claim. france she can prove precedents of ownership of natural resources such as fishing to support her ownership of oil and gas resources off her coast. no one owns the animals that died to create these fossil fuels. france she is the economic powerhouse that canada cannot afford to go against with trade in the eu. nuff said.

  • Atilla
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Well we gave the EU and France our fish and seal industries so sure come on in gang and have the oil and gas too.

  • No Way
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    And where is General Wolf when you need him.......I think he was killed by a French assassin....wasn't he????

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    The headline on this story is incredibly misleading. France/SPM aren't claiming ANY Canadian territory. They are CLAIMING territory outside 200 miles which may also be CLAIMED by Canada, but which is not indisputably Canadian by a long shot.

    People need to take a breather and maybe actually check the facts. Maybe that's too much to expect wrt Newfoundland and boundary disputes, where everyone seems to lose their heads.

  • Atilla
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    PEPE you either a mainlander or from the mainland with attitude like that. You a uptight mainland professor at MUN by chance? Sound like one for sure. Less of your attitude for the survival of this Republic!

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    France and the EU in general have taken enough from us over the years (the fish) and the only reason France even recognises St. Pierre as its own is because they hope to get their hand on what is rightfully Newfoundland's and Canada. I hope Canada fights this one all the way. Pepe Lepieu sounds like a disgruntled French speaking person.