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Law of the Sea Convention


Date: 12/09/2011 Description: USS Bunker Hill and USS Gridley, a USN cruiser and a USN destroyer underway in the Pacific, 12 December 2010.   © USG“The [Law of the Sea] Convention remains an important piece of unfinished treaty business."
-Hillary Clinton

 "Joining the [Law of the Sea] Convention will advance the interests of the U.S. military. As the world’s leading maritime power, the United States benefits more than any other nation from the navigation provisions of the Convention.”
-Condoleezza Rice  

Joining the Law of the Sea Convention is a top priority for the United States. The Convention, which sets forth a comprehensive legal framework governing uses of the oceans, protects and advances a broad range of U.S. interests, including U.S. national security and economic interests. Past Administrations (Republican and Democratic), the U.S. military, and relevant industry and other groups all strongly support joining the Convention.


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