12 October 2009

Kurils Peace Park ~ Shared Sovereignty by Nature

Why not use the neutrality and peacefulness inherent in a Transfrontier Conservation Area to resolve the ongoing official state of war between Russia and Japan? A Kurils Peace Park would allow both parties to save face while resolving a long-going territorial dispute over the islands -- Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan, and the Habomai. Let's let nature reign supreme in the disputed territories -- and allow both countries to simultaneously share sovereignty. I'm not original here, as scientists from both Russia and Japan have advocated this solution before, but I think the time is ripe now for a reasonable resolution...

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