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Arctic becoming popular with international politicians

A group of islands in the Norwegian Arctic called Svalbard is becoming a surprisingly popular destination for international politicians.

The European Union's High Representative, Baroness Ashton, is the latest to visit the northernmost inhabited place on earth.

She has been flagging her interest in the opportunities offered by the region - from climate change research to energy exploration.

Paul Henley reports.

  • 15 Mar 2012
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