The United Nations General Assembly has agreed to put the problem of hijacking on its agenda.
GV INTERIOR: United Nations. (Silent)
SV: Saudi Arabia's Jamil Baroody (deputy permanent representative) speaks. (THREE SHOTS)
BAROODY: "There should be a rapport between governments regardless of their ideologies. And the young, who I must say, like many of us are the victims of the industrial and technological revolution-not the physical aspects of the revolution-but the impact it has had on the community, and the family. Should we neglect them and not take into account in any draft resolution? This problem, neglecting it altogether? This is why I thought at an early stage I would like my colleagues to give thought to the future.
Now the Germans, and rightly so, are happy because they succeeded. But if those who have the seeds of martyrdom, whether the martyrdom is for a cause with which we agree or do not agree, take things into their hands with one deadline, will our hasty action have served the purpose?"
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly has agreed to put the problem of hijacking on its agenda. It will be decided by the Assembly's 149-nation special political committee at a date to be fixed. The agenda item entitled "safety of international civil aviation" was proposed by more than 40 countries following the hijacking of a West German Boeing to Mogadishu in Somalia. On Tuesday (25 October), the assembly approved a recommendation by its steering committee on Monday (24 October) to include the item on its agenda. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations had threatened to begin a 48-hour strike on Tuesday (25 October) but called it off-following assurances that the assembly would deal urgently with the hijacking menace.
SYNOPSIS: Saudi Arabia's deputy permanent representative Jamil Baroody urged concentrated international action.