Annual Report to the President and the Congress [January 1993]   [open pdf - 363KB]

Alternate Title: Department of Defense Report to Congress: Annual Freedom of Navigation Report, Fiscal Year 1992

From the Document: "The United States remains committed to the principle that the world's seas must be open to all nations. The armed forces continue to be the instrument for the United States to exercise and assert its navigation and overflight rights and freedoms consistent with the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. As a matter of policy, the United States will not acquiesce in unilateral acts of other states that unlawfully restrict the rights and freedoms of the international community in navigation and overflight and other related high seas uses. When these rights are not exercised by nations, claims constraining use of the seas may come to be accepted as binding. Accordingly, it is necessary for maritime nations, such as the United States, to protest excessive claims through diplomatic channels and to exercise their navigation and overflight rights in the disputed regions. Our Nation has accepted this responsibility as a tenet of national policy. Therefore, the Department maintains an active Freedom of Navigation program. From October 1, 1991, to September 30, 1992, Freedom of Navigation assertions were conducted against the following countries with maritime claims contrary to international law."

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