In a U.S. foreign policy speech delivered last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States must ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty now to lead effectively in the Asia-Pacific region.
In recent remarks delivered at the Center for a New American Security, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta emphasized the importance of Law of the Sea Treaty ratification now.
In an op-ed published today, the founder of the Six Degrees Project expresses support for Law of the Sea and urges other conservatives to join the call for Treaty ratification in lame duck.
“The United States is on the sidelines of many Arctic disputes and issues related to deep-sea resources because of its failure to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea .… ‘The increased value of the mineral resources in our claim areas, the improvements in technologies for accessing them, and the need to develop new sources of such minerals – for rare earth metals in particular – have now produced a favorable business environment in which to exploit these claims,’ Lockheed (Martin) spokesman Tom Casey said.” (Environment and Energy – Greenwire, October 22, 2012)
The American Sovereignty Campaign (TASC) today announced that the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and the National Association of Marine Services (NAMS) have joined the campaign to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty. “CSA’s, MEBA’s and NAMS’ endorsement further demonstrates the broad support ‘Law of the Sea’ enjoys among U.S. business leaders and working Americans across every sector of the U.S. economy,” said TASC Director Jeff Pike. “We strongly urge the Senate to ratify the Treaty during the upcoming ‘lame-duck’ session and deliver the benefits of expanded U.S. sovereignty to America’s businesses.”
In an op-ed last week, the Institute for Liberty (IFL), a conservative group, voiced its support for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty – a change of course after careful analysis of the Treaty’s overwhelming benefits for American sovereignty, national security and commercial interests.
The Canadian government will soon submit the nation’s extended continental shelf claim to a commission established by the Law of the Sea Treaty – a claim granted to only member nations of the Treaty.
Last week, Ecuador officially became party to Law of the Sea, raising the total number of Treaty ratifiers to 163, including the European Union.
Last week in a National Security forum at Georgetown University, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, advocated Law of the Sea Treaty ratification to give the United States the legal platform needed to resolve the escalating territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Yesterday in a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell affirmed the importance of Law of the Sea Treaty ratification to provide America with the legal platform needed to resolve the ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea.