The United States has, for the present time, shelved plans to send to hospital warships, weighing a total of 140,000 tons, carrying “aid” to Georgia after it was revealed that the move did not comply with the 1936 Montreux Convention.
But for how long?
The Montreux Convention limits the total weight of a single warship that countries not bordering the
Where as the United States had hoped to deploy two hospital warships each weighing 70,000 tons.
However, the question of whether it is more valid to change the Montreux Convention or protect it has been raised once again.
The reason for voicing this again is this:
The issue has been debated time and time again. In fact the agreement was expected to remain in force for 20 years, until 1956. And unless one of the signatories;
The signatory countries calling for amendments to the convention have the right to do so, once every five years.
Many have said “let’s change the agreement” to suit their own agenda. For example, the first such call was made by Joseph Stalin in 1946. He put forward the baseless argument that claimed,“During World War Two Turkey had granted permission to a number of German and Italian warships, posing as trade ships, to pass through the straits to the
Calls to amend the Montreux Convention surfaced for various reasons in recent years. However, none has put forward a proposal superior to the current agreement; this is the reason the Montreux Convention has remained in force, past legal expiration date.
Now we are seeing signs from the
Thankfully this project failed when the infamous granting of permission, which foresees
In all honesty, from
Isn’t this example enough to show what reckoning lies behind scratching the Montruex itch?