WASHINGTON (AP) — Military star power is imploring the Senate to back a long-spurned treaty governing the high seas.
Four admirals and two generals argued Thursday for the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. They said at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing the pact would boost U.S. maritime leadership and national security.
The treaty establishes a system for resolving disputes in international waters and recognizes sovereign rights over a country’s continental shelf.
The United States is the only major nation to refuse to sign the treaty, which has been in force since 1994. Conservatives oppose the treaty, saying it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.
Democratic Sen. John Kerry, the committee chairman, is seeking to build a case for ratification.
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