Den­mark urged to clean up old US sites

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Green­land is call­ing on Den­mark to clean up an aban­doned un­der-ice mis­sile project and other U.S. mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions left to rust in the pris­tine land­scape af­ter the Cold War.

The 1951 deal un­der which NATO mem­ber Den­mark al­lowed the U.S. to build 33 bases and radar sta­tions in the for­mer Dan­ish prov­ince doesn’t spec­ify who’s re­spon­si­ble for any cleanup.

Tired of wait­ing, Green­land’s lo­cal lead­ers are now urg­ing Den­mark to re­move the junk that the Amer­i­cans left be­hind, in­clud­ing Camp Cen­tury, a never-com­pleted launch site for nu­clear mis­siles un­der the sur­face of the mas­sive ice cap.

“Un­less Den­mark has en­tered other agree­ments with the United States about Camp Cen­tury, the re­spon­si­bil­ity for in­ves­ti­ga­tion and cleanup lies with Den­mark alone,” said Vit­tus Qu­jauk­it­soq, Green­land’s min­is­ter in charge of for­eign af­fairs.

Camp Cen­tury was built in 1959-60 in north­west­ern Green­land.

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