posted on Oct, 19 2007 @ 07:36 AM
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Law of the Sea Treaty. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) established a legal regime governing activities on, over, and under the world’s oceans. While
supporting most of the treaty, the United States and other industrialized countries did not sign the Convention and announced they could not ratify it
without significant changes to the sections addressing deep seabed resources beyond national jurisdiction.
In April 1993, the Clinton Administration announced it would actively participate in consultations on the deep seabed portions of the Convention.
These consultations led to the adoption of Resolution 48/263 by the U.N. General Assembly in July 1994, which amended various seabed-related parts of
We must weigh the benefits of being a party to LOST against the potential loss of U.S. sovereignty on and under the seas. I share your interest in
preserving our nation’s sovereignty, and I will carefully consider the implications of this treaty to ensure it does not harm the interests of the
United States. Please know that I will keep your thoughtful comments in mind should the Senate consider this issue.
Again, I appreciate hearing from you. Do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions or comments. For more information about issues and
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