• Short Summary

    The third United Nations conference on the Law of the Sea opened on Monday (15 March) and delegates from more than 150 counties began discussing numerous issues, including the exploitation of marine life and minerals.

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    The third United Nations conference on the Law of the Sea opened on Monday (15 March) and delegates from more than 150 counties began discussing numerous issues, including the exploitation of marine life and minerals.

    To simplify discussions, the delegates are divided into three committees, each one concerned with a different aspect of the high complex sea law. These are: the exploitation of the sea bed, with its vast potential of oil reserves and industrial metals; general aspects of the law of the sea, including territorial zones; and the marine environment including pollution and specifically scientific research and technology.

    Perhaps the most difficult issue facing the delegates will be the delicate task of preventing countries quarrelling among themselves to divided the oceans which form about 70 per cent of the earth's surface.

    For almost two years the Conference has been trying to negotiate a new international treaty to govern the uses of the sea. At stake is the right to exploit the oil, cobalt, copper, gold, nickel and other vast riches which lie beneath the seas and the fish and other food potential of the oceans.

    The eight-week conference will be held under the shadow of a bitter Anglo-Icelandic fisheries dispute which led to a severing of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    The conference has before it a comprehensive working document,the "informal single negotiating text". The key proposal in this establishes a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone off the shore of coastal stats. Experts say there is a clear majority at the conference for that.

    The drafts comprise more than 300 articles and other major proposals include a maximum of a 12 nautical mile territorial sea and the formation of a new international body that would be responsible for all the seabed area outside the exclusive economic zone.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA65M3ALYKNQ235J6MH3V6UKOMN
    Media URN:
    VLVA65M3ALYKNQ235J6MH3V6UKOMN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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