Lithuania and Sweden sign maritime agreement
(14 April 2014)
Twenty-four years after re-establishing independence, Lithuania has finalised its international boundaries by signing a maritime agreement with Sweden.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius commented, “The maritime border between Lithuania and Sweden is not long, only about 15 kilometres, yet this agreement is important to us in geopolitical terms.”
The agreement defines a special economic zone and continental shelf. It also clarifies that Lithuania will be able to carry out economic and fishing activities and extract mineral resources. The Lithuanian-Swedish power link, NordBalt, will safely cross the newly agreed border.
The signing took place during an official visit to Sweden by Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite.
‘Grybauskaite: regional security is common interest of Lithuania and Sweden’, The Baltic Course, 11 April 2014, http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/baltic_states/?doc=90305
‘Lithuania signs maritime boundary agreement with Sweden’, Shanghai Daily, 11 April 2014 http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=211890