Web Extra  Thursday December 27, 2001

Russia proposes continental margin extension

On Dec. 20, Russian officials submitted an extension of the country's continental margin to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. This is the first such proposal to the United Nation's Law of the Sea Convention, and will further pressure the United States to take similar actions.

The United Nations will consider the Russian submission during the tenth session of the U.N. Commission held in
New York from March 25 to April 12 2002. The submission requests outer limits of the continental margin of the Russian Federation beyond 200 nautical miles from the shore. Read more here.

Lisa M. Pinsker and Christina Reed

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