United Nations: Sea Settlement

The U.S. opposes a new treaty

After eight years of negotiations, 130 nations last week approved a draft of a new treaty designed to extend the rule of international law to much of the high seas. The U.S., Turkey, Venezuela and Israel opposed the document. Seventeen nations, including many in Western Europe and the entire Soviet bloc except Rumania, abstained.

Until President Reagan's election, the U.S. seemed prepared to go along with the wishes of developing countries that sought to draw up rules governing use of the 70% of the earth's surface covered by water. But then, early last year, just...

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