Tuesday, 06/12/2012 07:26
This week, on 14.6, Senator John Kerry – Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Senate – will hold a second hearing on the Convention United Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).Pre hearing will be the VIPs such as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, former legal adviser John Bellinger Department. The first hearing was held today Kerry 23.5, which U.S. officials like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Minister and Chief of Staff Leon Panetta or American Coalition – Gen. Martin Dempsey – all have the same clear message significantly: The adoption of UNCLOS is extremely important to U.S. national interests.
According to analyst Patrick Stewart – senior expert of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, Program Director for International Studies and Global Governance – 30 years after the Reagan administration signed the convention, it is time very well reasonable to America through the convention.
Mr. Patrick said, the U.S. armed forces – especially the navy – were supportive of a strong UNCLOS. “Because UNCLOS will facilitate their tasks. Since the U.S. is the main force should negotiate UNCLOS treaty contains everything the U.S. military wants “- Mr. Patrick wrote.
Mr. Patrick said that the first value of the treaty with the U.S. military as it determines the rights, responsibilities and jurisdiction of the maritime nation. The Convention defines the limit of the territorial sea, set the rules about going through international straits, determine the exclusive economic zone in a way compatible with freedom of navigation and freedom of flying through. It established “the inviolable sovereignty” that naval ships visit foreign ports, so that can protect U.S. ships …
According to Patrick, other countries could push the Law of the Sea Convention in a different manner if the U.S. did not ratify it.
For years U.S. naval campaigns often conduct freedom of navigation, do not acknowledge the sovereignty claims to monopolize. But not official members of the Convention, the United States lack legal status to bring the complaint to a body of international dispute resolution. More broadly, the members will not complicate the bilateral and multilateral U.S. with international partners.
V.N – General