Thursday, May 24, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey made a rare joint appearance yesterday at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
More than 160 nations have ratified UNCLOS, as well as the European Union. Click here for a chronilogical list of ratifications.
Secretary Clinton is reported to have said that opposition to U.S. ratification is "based in ideology and mythology, not in facts, evidence, or the consequences of our continuing failure to accede to the treaty."