In 1982 I joined President Reagan's delegation to the LOS Conference with
instructions to seek fixes to six specific issues related to Seabed Mining.
President Reagan made a public statement that if those six issues were fixed
according to his criteria, he would sign the Convention and recommend that the
Senate give its advice and consent.We did not succeed in 1982, but
Reagan's criteria for an acceptable convention remained on the table. In
1990 they were taken up again and Reagan's fixes were incorporated into the
1994 Agreement on Implementation. While Mr. Meese is not personally satisfied,
Reagan's conservative secretary of state, George Shultz, and his chief of
staff, James Baker, both say it fulfills Reagan's criteria in full. The
only remaining US seabed miner, Lockheed Martin, opposed the convention in 1982,
now endorses the convention with the 1994 Agreement.Finally, the
Convention has been in force for 18 years. We are down to one seabed mining
company while 12 groups operate under the Convention with 5 more in the works.
Pres. Reagan was committed to a US seabed mining industry; we must join the
Convention to complete President Reagan's work.