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International Conference Amends Maritime Treaties on Unlawful Acts

New provisions that add significant counterterrorism, nonproliferation and ship boarding procedures to existing international agreements have been adopted by a diplomatic conference held by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London in October. An October 21 State Department fact sheet says this action follows three years of intense negotiations. The changes include a new protocol to the United Nation’s Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) and a companion amendment to Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf. Full Story

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