Canada, Denmark may turn Hans Island into a condo

The crew of Danish warship Vedderen perform a flag raising ceremony on the uninhabitated Hans Island off northwestern Greenland, in this Aug. 13, 2002 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Polfoto, Vedderen

Arctic experts from Canada and Denmark are proposing a novel solution to who controls an ice-bound speck of an island midway between the two countries.

They say turn Hans Island into a condominium.

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University of British Columbia international law professor Michael Byers and a Danish colleague will make the proposal Thursday at a conference in Denmark.

Byers says the two countries could simply share control over the island, located between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

They could hand off day-to-day management to Inuit groups on either side, or turn the whole thing into a park.

He says other countries such a France and Spain have so-called condominium arrangements.

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