Danish Prime Minister says Greenland is not for sale

The snow covers the mountains surrounding the village of Tasiilaq in Greenland.

The Government of Denmark thus responds to the interest of the president of the United States in taking over autonomous territory

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has confirmed that Greenland, the autonomous territory of Denmark, is not for sale, alluding to the interest shown in its purchase by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish, it is Greenlandic. I really hope it is nothing that has been said seriously,” he said in statements collected Monday by Danish public television DR Frederiksen, visiting this Atlantic island.

Trump confirmed on Sunday the rumors that emerged two days earlier about his plans to acquire the island, admitting that “the concept emerged” and that he considered “strategically interesting”, but clarified that it is not an issue that is in the foreground.

“It is an absurd discussion, and Kim Kielsen (Greenlandic president) has made it clear that it is not for sale. And there ends the discussion. Instead there are many other things we want to talk to an American president,” said Frederiksen. The Danish Prime Minister mentioned above all the relationship between the two countries in matters related to the Arctic.

Trump’s plans with Greenland unleashed numerous reactions from the Danish political class last Friday, which he ironified with being a joke, accused him of a colonialist and even doubted his mental health status, but the Government of Denmark had not pronounced so far officially.

Yes, the Greenlandic Executive had done it instead, which assured that the country is not for sale and spoke of a “rumor” that confirms the interest in investing in this island of two million square kilometers covered with ice and 56,000 inhabitants, most Inuits.

Trump plans to visit Denmark on September 2 and 3, as confirmed by the Danish Royal House and the Prime Minister’s office weeks ago, but yesterday’s words by the US president stating that he “considers” traveling to the Nordic country and that ” It is not entirely safe “have raised doubts. “We start from the basis that there will be a visit by the US president and we are underway with preparations. I look forward to the visit, the United States is our main ally in security matters,” Frederiksen replied.

Local media revealed last Thursday that Trump has asked his advisers at the White House to find out if it is possible to buy Greenland from Denmark, a matter he has mentioned several times in recent weeks during meetings and dinners.

“I don’t want to predict a result, I just say that the president, who knows one or two things about acquiring real estate, wants to take a look at a purchase from Greenland,” said White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, consulted by the Fox News chain.

Greenland has since 1979 a Statute of autonomy, extended thirty years later – with the massive support in consultative referendum of the Greenlanders – to include all the powers except defense, foreign and monetary policy, among others; In addition to the right of self-determination.

The United States, which has a military base in the north of the island, has already tried in the past several times to buy Greenland, the last one in 1946, with President Harry Truman. Truman came to offer Denmark 100 million dollars for the island.

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