U.S. warms to Law of the Sea treaty



The United States is moving closer to ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with the Bush Administration bestowing its blessings, and a broad spectrum of interest groups expressing support during recent U.S. Senate hearings. They said that the convention, with some minor clarification, supports U.S. defense, homeland security, and resource, scientific, and environmental goals.

John Turner, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the State Department, said that becoming a party to the convention “represents the highest priority of United States international oceans policy.” He spoke at a 21 October hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.