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Statement at the 34th Annual Center for Oceans Law and Policy Conference

David A. Balton
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Washington, DC
May 20, 2010


Statement by the Secretary of State Clinton Delivered by Assistant Secretary Balton

I congratulate the Center for Oceans Law and Policy for convening this conference and for its continued support for U.S. accession to the Law of the Sea Convention. Every administration – whether Democratic or Republican – since the treaty was first submitted to the Senate in 1994, has supported the United States’ accession to the convention and ratification of the associated 1994 Agreement.


It is an important goal of this Administration to secure Senate approval of the Convention, which has the support of all living Chiefs of Naval Operations, four Commandants of the U.S. Coast Guard, the endorsement of every Secretary of State since the Reagan Administration, various industry groups, environmental groups, and other affected associations, as well as security experts, practitioners, and scholars.


United States’ accession to the Convention would also help to restore U.S. leadership in ocean affairs. By joining the Convention, the United States would be joining 159 other nations and the European Union as States Parties to a convention that fundamentally advances the rule of law in the world’s oceans – one that also advances U.S. national security interests, facilitates the exercise of U.S. sovereign rights, benefits the U.S. economy, and promotes the sustainable development of ocean resources.


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