Sweden seeks U.N. protection for Baltic Sea

  • 2003-07-17
  • Agence France Presse
STOCKHOLMSweden will host a meeting of Baltic Sea states in September aimed at drafting a request for special U.N. protection for the sea amid increasing maritime traffic and illegal oil dumping, the Swedish government said July 11.Environmentalists are particularly concerned about pollution in the Baltic Sea because of the slow rate of natural cleansing. The sea has only a narrow outlet to the ocean, and pollution tends to remain trapped for a long time.Sweden has been pushing to get the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) to bestow the "particularly sensitive sea are...
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