GOP Senate Kills U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty

In 1982, the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, otherwise known as the Law of the Sea Treaty was adopted by the U.N.  According to the document’s Preamble:

”Prompted by the desire to settle, in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation, all issues relating to the law of the sea and aware of the historic significance of this Convention as an important contribution to the maintenance of peace, justice and progress for all peoples of the world,

Noting that developments since the United Nations Conferences on the Law of the Sea held at Geneva in 1958 and 1960 have accentuated the need for a new and generally acceptable Convention on the law of the sea,

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Conscious that the problems of ocean space are closely interrelated and need to be considered as a whole,

Recognizing the desirability of establishing through this Convention, with due regard for the sovereignty of all States, a legal order for the seas and oceans which will facilitate international communication, and will promote the peaceful uses of the seas and oceans, the equitable and efficient utilization of their resources, the conservation of their living resources, and the study, protection and preservation of the marine environment,

Bearing in mind that the achievement of these goals will contribute to the realization of a just and equitable international economic order which takes into account the interests and needs of mankind as a whole and, in particular, the special interests and needs of developing countries, whether coastal or land-locked,

Desiring by this Convention to develop the principles embodied in resolution 2749 (XXV) of 17 December 1970 in which the General Assembly of the United Nations solemnly declared inter alia that the area of the seabed and ocean floor and the subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, as well as its resources, are the common heritage of mankind, the exploration and exploitation of which shall be carried out for the benefit of mankind as a whole, irrespective of the geographical location of States,

Believing that the codification and progressive development of the law of the sea achieved in this Convention will contribute to the strengthening of peace, security, cooperation and friendly relations among all nations in conformity with the principles of justice and equal rights and will promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples of the world, in accordance with the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations as set forth in the Charter,

Affirming that matters not regulated by this Convention continue to be governed by the rules and principles of general international law,

Have agreed as follows:”

Note under the section starting with the word “Affirming” that anything not contained in the treaty does not fall back on the sovereignty of the nations but on international law in general.

Even though the treaty was initially approved by the U.N. in 1982, it has never been ratified by the U.S. Senate.  Any treaty involving any other government or governing body must be approved by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate or 67 votes.

A number of Democrats, including Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been pushing for Senate ratification of the treaty.  Surprisingly, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former presidential candidate in 2008 has also pushed for ratification.

A number of Republicans see the entire treaty as yielding U.S. sovereignty over coastal waters and mineral rights to the United Nations.  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has been leading the effort to fight ratification of the treaty.  His efforts have finally paid off as Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) joined the opposition.  This gives DeMint 34 no votes, enough to block ratification at this time.

Wesley Denton, spokesman for Sen. DeMint said:

“This is a great victory for American sovereignty to finally defeat this UN treaty bill that would have enacted a backdoor Kyoto Protocol, force the U.S. to pay energy taxes to terror-supporting nations and give control over U.S. military operations to a UN tribunal.”

Senators Portman and Ayotte sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying:

“Proponents of the Law of the Sea treaty aspire to admirable goals, including codifying the U.S. Navy’s navigational rights and defining American economic interests in valuable offshore resources. But the treaty’s terms reach well beyond those good intentions,”

The danger now lies with the November elections and how many seats each party will control afterwards.  If the Democrats ever gain control of 67 seats in the Senate, this U.N. treaty just may get ratified, giving the U.N. the power to take billions of dollars of U.S. tax money involving oceanic trade and use it for their own means.  America doesn’t need nor can we afford to be part of the United Nations.  The United Nations is already robbing the U.S. blind by having their headquarters on American soil.  The longer we leave them here, the more they will strive to gain power and control over the United States.  I say it’s time for the United Nations to pack their bags and take their one world government across the seas to some other country that longs to be ruled by them.

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