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Polish and Danish FMs sign deal on maritime border

Staff Writer |
The foreign ministers of Poland and Denmark have signed a deal agreeing on the two countries' maritime boundary in the Baltic Sea, ending a long-standing dispute.

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Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz signed the deal in Brussels on Monday with his Danish counterpart Anders Samuelsen.

Czaputowicz said the signing “marks an important day in our bilateral relations. It signifies that with commitment, mutual trust and respect it is possible to successfully end even longstanding disputes.”

He added: “I strongly believe that both countries will conclude as soon as possible their internal procedures necessary for the agreement to enter into force.”

The Polish foreign ministry cited Denmark’s Samuelsen as saying: “I am very pleased with … the historic signing of the treaty on maritime delimitation between Poland and Denmark. We have now closed the negotiations that were started more than 40 years ago and taken the first step in formalizing the agreement. This is great news indeed and shows our common commitment to solve difficult issues through negotiations.”

Poland’s website reported earlier this month that plans to build the Baltic Pipe natural gas pipeline at the bottom of the Baltic Sea prompted the two countries to put an end to their maritime border dispute.

The Baltic Pipe is a planned new project to link Poland with Norway via Denmark as part of Warsaw’s efforts to diversify gas supplies and reduce the country’s energy dependence on Russia.

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