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Conservation of the Seabed
The Conference endorses the initiative of Dr. Pardo, leader of the Maltese delegation at the United Nations, urging that steps be taken to draft a treaty embodying the following principles:
That the seabed beyond the limits of present national jurisdiction
- be conserved against appropriation by nations or their nationals, so that the deep ocean floor should not be allowed to become a stage for competing claims of national sovereignty;
- be explored in a manner consistent with the principles and purposes of the charter of the United Nations;
- be exploited economically or made use of with the aim of safeguarding the interests of mankind;
- be conserved exclusively for peaceful purposes in perpetuity.