A Treaty in Trouble

For the past seven years, diplomats from 154 countries have been negotiating the so-called Law of the Sea Treaty, a constitution for the world's oceans. As delegates arrived at U.N. headquarters in New York last week to put what they hoped would be finishing touches on the agreement, the Reagan Administration abruptly announced that it wanted to review the treaty. Then the White House, with no warning, fired acting Chief Negotiator George Aldrich, along with eight members of the bipartisan U.S. delegation.

The Administration claimed that it merely wanted to put its own representatives onto the delegation and that it needed more...

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