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    The third session of the United Nations Law of the Sea conference, which starts in New York on 15th March, will be the most crucial yet, according to the conference chairman, Ambassador Hamilton Amerasinghe, of Sir Lanka.

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    The third session of the United Nations Law of the Sea conference, which starts in New York on 15th March, will be the most crucial yet, according to the conference chairman, Ambassador Hamilton Amerasinghe, of Sir Lanka.

    He said there would be three main issues on which agreement had to be made: a 200 nautical mile exclusive "economic zone" offshore of coastal states; a maximum 12 nautical mile territorial sea; and a new international body that would be responsible for all the seabed outside the exclusive economic zone.

    The conference has the delicate task of preventing countries quarrelling among themselves to divide the oceans, which over 70 per cent of the earth's surface.

    Experts on the subject say that failure at the highly complex conference would greatly increase the risk of unilateral action by some governments.

    The conference has been trying to negotiate an international treaty to govern the uses of the sea and to exploit the wealth of the oceans.

    The eight-week session will be held under the shadow of the bitter Anglo-icelandic fisheries dispute which has led to a break in relations between the two NATO allies.

    The first session was in Caracas, Venezuela, from June to August 1974, the second in Geneva, Switzerland, from March to May last year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1NO96K6EXRKDNEQM7SPJ4YDVD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1NO96K6EXRKDNEQM7SPJ4YDVD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
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    N/A

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