Hillary Clinton: Opposition to Sea Treaty Based on ‘Mythology’

Matt Cover

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee began the latest round in a decades-long fight to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, with supporters in the Obama administration and the military squaring off against Republican opponents on Wednesday.

“I am well aware that this treaty does have determined opposition, limited, but nevertheless quite vociferous,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the committee. “And it’s unfortunate because it’s opposition based in ideology and mythology, not in facts, evidence, or the consequences of our continuing failure to accede to the treaty.”

The treaty’s opponents include Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who criticized a provision that would mandate that the United States pay a portion of oil, gas, and seabed mining royalties conducted in deep ocean water – beyond 200 nautical miles from U.S. shores – to the international board that governs the treaty.

Inhofe said United States could possibly lose billions of dollars in royalties as oil companies begin drilling farther and farther offshore…

…The Law of the Sea treaty was originally finalized in the 1980’s and was rejected by President Ronald Reagan over concerns that it would cede U.S. sovereignty to the ISA and that it could force the United States to hand over sensitive technology to Soviet-allied states. The treaty was amended in 1994 to accommodate lingering U.S. concerns about sovereignty and the royalties issue…

The complete article is at CNSNews.com

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