Monday, June 22, 2009

SELF RULE FOR NAALAKKERSUISUT--(formerly known as Greenland)

Some of Greenland’s 58,000 people in Nuuk on Sunday at a ceremony giving the country powers of self-governance. Photo: Narayan Mahon for The New York Times

New York Times, By Sarah Lyall, June 21, 2009
Fondly, Greenland Loosens Danish Rule

"The move, which allows Greenland to gradually take responsibility over areas like criminal justice and oil exploration, follows a referendum last year in which 76 percent of voters said they wanted self-rule. Many of the changes are deeply symbolic. Kalaallisut, a traditional Inuit dialect, is now the country’s official language, and Greenlanders are now recognized under international law as a separate people from Danes.

Thrillingly, the Greenlandic government now gets to call itself by its Inuit name, Naalakkersuisut — the first time in history, officials said, that the word has been used in a Danish government document.

“It’s a new relationship based on equality,” said Greenland’s new, charismatic prime minister, Kuupik Kleist, speaking of the balance of power between Greenland and Denmark."