The United Nations General Assembly, has resolved to urge world governments and airport authorities to tighten security against hijackers.
GV: General Assembly President Lazar Mojsov speaking in English.
SV: Colombian ambassador and others seated.
SV: Israel's Chaim Herzog speaking in English.
GV: Delegate seated. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: West German delegate. Rudigar von Wechmar speaking in English.
SV: Delegates seated.
SV: Syrian delegate Zakaria Sibaha speaking in Arabic.
MOJSOV: "The draft resolution recommended in paragraph 12 of the report of the special political committee document A/32/320 was adopted by consensus in the committee. May I take it that the wish of the General Assembly to adopt the draft resolution? It is so decided."
HERZOG: "It is in my view the most crucial and the most gratifying element in out joint action that the International Community of States has shown solidarity. The United Nations has clearly demonstrated that aerial hijacking is a problem or a task not only of the states involved in any specific case. Terrorist acts which are directed against defenceless men, women and children, inflicting on them inexpressible sufferings and threatenings of their lives do not only constitute a violation of national legal order, but are also an intolerable encroachment on the basic principles and values enshrined in the charter of this world organisation."
WECHMAR: "Let me say at the outset that the resolution is a disappointing one. It is weak, for it is a compromise with the forces that back and finance acts of terror. The result of t??? this compromise is a bare minimum of what this urgent problem requires in the form of a resolution. If I can have resource to the vernacular, with all its bluntness, to the language of the ordinary man in the street, it appears to me that the international pilots associations has been taken for a ride."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly, has resolved to urge world governments and airport authorities to tighten security against hijackers. The reactions from UN ambassadors was varied, following the announcement by General Assembly President Lazar Mojsov.
SYNOPSIS: After the adoption of the resolution...then came reaction from the ambassadors. Israel's Chaim Herzog applauded their solidarity.
Next reaction came from the West german permanent representative, Baron von Wechmar, who was not pleased with the resolution.
Another salvo against the resolution was fired by deputy permanent representative for Syria, Zakaria Sibaha. He said he would like to have been mentioned that the measured adopted to fight the hijackers would not encroach on people fighting for their independence.
The resolution called on all states to increase the exchange of information designed to foil hijackers and to take joint and separate action to ensure that passengers, crew and aircraft were not used to extort advantage. The item was added to the Assembly's agenda after the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations threatened a 48-hour strike in protest against the hijacking of a Lufthansa jet to Somalia and the murder of its pilot.