The Minister stressed the responsibility to develop the Barents Sea as “a sea of cooperation”, and also the Barents Region as a “region of cooperation”.
-We want to encourage the development of the international cooperation in the North, both practically, strategically and analytically. We want to build strong and stable neighborhoods and develop committing joint solutions where needed. And we want to support the forces in the North, which are ready to seize these opportunities, Støre told the audience of regional leaders, scholars and students.
He also stressed that Northern Norway itself must be in command of the developments, and that the government does not want to impose its High North strategy on the region.
Since becoming foreign minister in 2005, Støre has successfully lead negotiations on the delineation of Norwegian waters. In 2006, Norway settled its borders with Denmark/Greenland in the waters between Svalbard and Greenland. The same year, border agreements were reached with Iceland and the Faroe Islands. And then, in 2010, the historic agreement was reached with Russia on the delimitation of the 175000 square kilometer zone in the Barents Sea.
In addition, Norway in 2009 also got its claims on the Arctic continental shelf approved by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.