LMDIT 2008LOS Updates
The Bush administration has called on the Senate to ratify the treaty, which theSenate Foreign Relations Committee passed last year. But a handful of Republican lawmakers have vowed to block it from passing the full Senate, saying it would undermine US sovereignty.
LOS won’t pass. Encoraches on American Sovereignty.
The Gazette, February 29
<Peter O’Neil, Canwest News Service,
The Gazette (Montreal)
, “Border greedcould result in armed conflict, analyst warns; 'The U.S. should not underestimate Canadian passions on this issue'”,February 29, 2008, Lexis>
has consistently rejected Canada's claim of right of control over the NorthwestPassage. It
has also refused to ratify the United Nations Law of the Sea becausethe Senate views the treaty as an encroachment on American sovereignty.
Borgerson said the
American government's status outside the treaty restricts itsability to assert its own territorial claims off the Alaskan coast.
He also asserted thatthe U.S. needs, as a first step, to strike an accord with Canada on regulating vessel and tanker traffic in the north
Uniqueness: Won’t Pass
LOS faces opposition from conservative groups
The Washington Times
May 13, 20
Tuesday, U.S. pursues Arctic claim; Spendingmillions on research, but has not OK'd Law of Sea treaty, By Nicholas Kralev, THEWASHINGTON TIMES, WORLD; BRIEFING: THE AMERICAS; A15To file a claim, however, a country must be a party to the Law of the Sea treaty, and the UnitedStates is not. President Clinton signed the treaty in 1994, and President Bush supportsratification, but fierce conservative opposition to the U.N. pact has blocked Senate approval,where a two-thirds majority is needed. The U.N. Convention on the
Law of the Sea has
long divided U.S. conservatives. About 155 nations have ratified the pact, and the treaty enjoysstrong support from the U.S. military, as well as leading business, legal and environmentallobbies. But
intense opposition from conservative groups who fear the pactinfringes on U.S. sovereignty has defeated a number of ratification drivesin the Senate.
One-time Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, made a point of his opposition to the treaty during his campaign. PresumptiveRepublican nominee Sen. John McCain supported the pact in the past, but has recentlysuggested he would seek changes in the treaty.