Britain indicated on Wednesday (27 February) that it was ready to agree to an international extension of territorial waters to a new limit of 12 miles (19 kms).
GV PAN DOWN EXTERIOR Hilton Hotel
SV INTERIOR Delegates seated
SCU Lord Kennet speaks
SV Delegates listen
CU Dr. Pardo speaks
LORD KENNET: "I think this conference will have utility if it does something to break down the damaging barriers between the different sorts of people and enterprises who use the sea and think about the use of the sea. Every use to which the oceans can be put reacts and reflects on every other user. There are no separate compartments. Shipping, pollution, oil extraction, mineral extraction, fisheries, national defence -- every one has an impact on every other because the oceans themselves are single global eco-systems."
Dr. A. Pardo, of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre, predicted that towards the end of the century and with the advent of fusion power, the sea would provide unlimited quantities of fresh water and vast amounts of minerals.
DR. PARDO: "Desalination of sea water offers great promise as a virtually inexhaustable source of fresh sea-water for urban population, industry and agriculture. Inevitably, desalination in the future will take place in ocean space rather than on land. Looking towards the end of this century it is probable that with the advent of fusion power we shall extract immanse quantities of the numerous minerals contained in sea water."
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Background: Britain indicated on Wednesday (27 February) that it was ready to agree to an international extension of territorial waters to a new limit of 12 miles (19 kms).
The new limit was suggested at a preparatory meeting in London for the proposed International Law of the Sea in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas in June.
The two-day London meeting was held to assess which problems and questions should be discussed by delegates and scientific advisers at the Caracas conference.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman, Lord Kennet, the British opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs, warned that any use of the sea by the nations of the world tended to divide the oceans as a global unit.