France files letter to UN laying claim to Canadian seabed territory

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QUEBEC - France has filed a letter of intent with the United Nations laying claim to a huge energy-rich part of the Atlantic seabed off Newfoundland and Labrador.
France contends its territorial rights extend beyond the 200-nautical-mile mark off the coast of its territory of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
In a document filed Friday with a UN tribunal, France states its boundaries should extend up to 350 miles to the limit of the continental shelf.
Canada maintains the long-standing boundary dispute was settled in 1992 by the International Court of Arbitration.
That ruling granted France a north-south economic corridor of 200 miles long and 10 miles wide.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said in March that the 1992 ruling was definitive and Canada had no desire to revisit the issue.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated Canada's position last month in a letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams.

Organizations: United Nations

Geographic location: France, Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador QUEBEC Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

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