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    United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim called Friday (Sept 16) for an and to world violence.?

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    SV Waldheim rises to applause

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    CU Waldheim speaks.

    WALDHEIM: There is general agreement in principle hijacking is dangerous, indiscriminate, inadmissible and must be stopped. In practice, however, many governments have their own special difficulties in taking a forthright approach to the problem. Thus it is that the three international conventions designed to limit or prevent hijacking have so far been ratified only by a limited number of countries. This applies especially to the Montreal Convention. Thus it is also that public resentment at the failure to curb hijacking -- sometimes forcefully expressed, as it was recently by the strike of the airline pilots - tends to be directed at the United Nations and its agencies for their inability to act, rather than to sovereign governments who alone have the means and the authority to take effective measures. As so often happens, the United Nations and its agencies can only point the way. They cannot enforce the measures suggested or supply the means to implement them. I am using hijacking as a topical example, but this general pattern has been repeated again and again in the past when urgent but controversial matters have arisen which governments find difficulty in facing up to. In the case of hijacking it would seem to me that a most valuable first step would be a determined effort t secure the earliest possible ratification of the three international conventions by as many governments as possible".

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    Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim called Friday (Sept 16) for an and to world violence.

    Speaking at a Dag Hammersk told Memorial Scholarship Fund Luncheon organised by the U.N. Correspondents Association, the Secretary-General said the drift to violence in all its forme must be checked.

    He expressed concern at "the apparent inability of Governments and international organisations to halt this dangerous trend."
    Mr Waldheim quoted hijacking as typical of the problem. While there is general agreement, he said, that it must be stopped, in practice many Governments have special difficulties about taking action.

    He urged that as many Governments as possible ratify the three international conventions designed to limit or prevent hijacking. So far, he said, only a limited number had done so.

    This extract from official U.N. film coverage gives the section of the Secretary-General's speech dealing with hijacking.

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