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International Sea Laws / United Nations #244852

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 15, 1976
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(Studio) 156 nation representatives try to codify law for sea at UN.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(No locations given) Oil and minerals are in great supply in ocean. Fish in ocean being taken out faster than nature can replenish them. Ind. pollution is threatening to destroy food chain. National security depends on how far ships may move. United States has 3-mi. limit, but willing to stretch limit to 12 mile and accept 200 mile economy zone in which coastal states would control waters. 12-mi. limit would close 100 choke points [bottlenecks] of international trade. Examples of such choke points noted on map.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

(NYC) United States and USSR want least limits on freedom of movement. People's Republic of China, and others want wide coastal belts. Land-locked cntrys. and weaker states want to be able to share in mineral wealth of sea bed and Continental Shelf.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

(No location given) If news laws not written, the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C.
Duration:
00:02:30

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