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State Department Says U.S. Should Join U.N. Oceans Treaty
Law of the Sea treaty important to overall oceans policy, Boucher says
AllAmericanPatriots.com
Published December 17th, 2004

The U.S. State Department is reemphasizing the importance of U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, as President George W. Bush sends a new action plan on management of ocean and coastal resources to the U.S. Congress December 17. In a statement, department spokesman Richard Boucher said of the administration's proposals, "The Action Plan emphasizes the importance we continue to place on accession to the treaty, which will serve the interests of the American people."

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The text of the Boucher statement follows:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
December 17, 2004

STATEMENT BY RICHARD BOUCHER, SPOKESMAN

U.S. Ocean Action Plan

Today President Bush submitted the "U.S. Ocean Action Plan" to Congress in response to the recommendation made by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. The activities outlined in the Administration's response will help assure that the benefits we currently derive from our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, will be available to future generations. A copy of the plan is available at http://www.oceans.ceq.gov.

The Commission urged the United States to maintain its traditional international leadership role on oceans issues, particularly by acceding to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea at the earliest opportunity. The Action Plan emphasizes the importance we continue to place on accession to the treaty, which will serve the interests of the American people. Many of the other actions identified in the Administration's response will involve working with the international community, including efforts to protect ocean ecosystems, strengthen international ocean science, and work towards sustainable fisheries.

These measures will ensure that the United States continues to play a leading role in vital global arena.

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