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20/06/2007 Senior geologist Harald Brekke in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has been re-elected to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.
The election took place in the UN headquarters in New York on 14 June. Brekke was elected in the first round of voting, receiving the most votes in his group. He was a joint Nordic candidate. The Commission has 21 members and is very important as regards final determination of the limits of coastal states' continental shelves beyond 200 nautical miles.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre commented that it was gratifying that Norway's candidate was re-elected to the Continental Shelf Commission in New York.
"I view this as recognition of Brekke's contribution to the Commission in previous periods, and as an acknowledgement of Norway's role in matters pertaining to international law of the sea," said the Minister.
The Continental Shelf Commission is established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in order to provide recommendations regarding the outer limits of coastal states' continental shelves beyond 200 nautical miles. The outer limits must be documented to the Continental Shelf Commission. Based on the scientific criteria in the Convention, the Commission shall then provide recommendations regarding the outer limit of the Shelf. Limits stipulated on the basis of recommendations made by the Commission are final.
"We are pleased with the result of the election, which is also recognition of the work of our capable employees in the NPD. We are very proud of this," says Bente Nyland, a director in the NPD.
Contact in the NPD:
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 63 38.