Foreign Minister of Greenland Vittus Qujaukitsoq has postponed his scheduled trip to Norway to focus on the case of the two Greenlanders, suspected in the disappearance of an Icelandic woman, RÚV reports. The 20-year-old Birna Brjánsdóttir has been missing since Saturday morning. Both suspects are crew members of the trawler Polar Nanoq from Greenland.
The foreign minister’s changed schedule was reported by KNR, a news website in Greenland. He had planned to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway, along with the foreign ministers of other Nordic nations.
Qujaukitsoq stated he works closely with Icelandic authorities, the Danish embassy and Polar Seafood, which owns the trawler.
Qujaukitsoq said the suspects have the right to meet with a representative from their country, who, in this case, would be an employee of the Danish embassy, as well as the right to use the services of an interpretor.
The foreign embassy of Greenland has set up a 24-hour hotline which relatives and friends of the crew of Polar Nanoq can call for information. Nineteen out of the 28-member crew of Polar Nanoq are from Greenland.