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Pentagon’s QDR to advocate Law of the Sea Treaty

February 3, 2010

In the 1970s, FCNL’s Friends in Washington Miriam and Sam Levering worked hard and long to extend the rule of law to the world’s seas and seabeds.  They saw that work as a way to prevent war, to fairly distribute the riches of the oceans, and to protect God’s creation.  Eventually, the fruit of their work and the work of many others around the world ripened into the Law of the Sea treaty.

The process of creating the Law of the Sea (LOS) Treaty began in 1973 and concluded in 1982.  The LOS Treaty entered into force in 1994.  The European Community and 158 Countries have joined the treaty, but the United States did not ratify the treaty and has yet to accede to the treaty.

Caitlyn Antrim, Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans, reports today in “The Ocean Law Daily” that the Pentagon’s draft Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) “strongly supports accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”

Can the Senate continue to stall accession to the Law of the Sea Treaty even after the Pentagon says LOS is needed for the security of the United States?  Ask your Senators to support U.S. accession to the Law of the Sea Treaty.

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