The second United Nations law of the sea conference in Geneva ended with failure to reach agreement April 26.
The second United Nations law of the sea conference in Geneva ended with failure to reach agreement April 26. A United States-Canadian compromise proposal was not given the necessary majority of votes. With only one more vote it would have been accepted.
Chief effect of the conference failure is that the dispute over fishing waters round Iceland remains unsolved, although the United Kingdom made every effort to reach a satisfactory compromise.
British trawlers, continuing to recognise the 3-mile limit, will now probably return to Icelandic waters after withdrawing during the conference. While British trawler operators most to discuss the position, the U.K. Cabinet will decide whether naval protection shall again be given to British trawlers fishing within the 12-mile limit claimed by Iceland.