Alternate Title: Department of Defense Report to Congress: Annual Freedom of Navigation Report, Fiscal Year 1999
From the Document: "For 20 years, the U.S. Freedom of Navigation program has ensured that excessive coastal state claims over the world's oceans and airspace are repeatedly challenged. By diplomatic protests and operational assertions, the United States has insisted upon adherence by the nations of the world to the international law of the sea, as reflected in the UN Law of the Sea Convention. A significant majority of countries ( 131) are now Parties to the Convention, and there is an encouraging trend toward the rolling-back of excessive maritime claims. Nonetheless, some coastal states continue to assert maritime claims inconsistent with international law, which left unchallenged would limit navigational freedoms vital to U.S. national security and essential to peaceful uses of the world's oceans. In FY 1999, U.S. armed forces conducted operational assertions challenging the excessive maritime claims as listed [in the document]."
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