Letter: Britain Dithers on Law of the Sea
Nicholas Gaskell, Ralph Beddard, Christine Chinkin, Michael Ranken, The Independent (London, England)
Britain dithers on law of the sea
Sir: In November 1994 the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea came into force. The Government in that year expressed its satisfaction with the agreement which had been negotiated to allow implementation of Part XI of the Convention, dealing with the deep sea bed minerals regime, and expressed its intention to accede. In answer to a written question from Lord Kennet on 20 June 1996, Baroness Chalker, Minister of State at the Foreign Office, confirmed that this is still the long-term aim but that, for scarcely explained reasons concerning the Rockall fisheries zone, HMG would not take a decision on accession in the timeframe necessary to secure voting rights for the UK in the Law of the Sea Tribunal; that is, by 30 June.
This convention, which formalises and consolidates maritime law and is the most important advance in the law of the sea during the second half of this century, has now been …
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