Icao Sets Up Unit to Deal with Aviation Security, Won’t Handle Israel Complaints

The council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set up a special, 11-member committee from among the 27 council members to consider measures and procedures to protect international civil aviation against unlawful seizure of aircraft, sabotage or armed attack against air transport and ground facilities used in international civilian air transport. A representative of Lebanon will serve on the special committee.

The committee has been empowered to deal only with future problems and not with “any previous incident.” It will deal “only with the aeronautical aspects of cases involving unlawful interference and shall refrain from considering any case which may involve matters of a political nature of controversy between two or more nations.”

The committee is authorized to invite the advice and recommendations of ICAO member states on “non-political aspects” of cases, the announcement pointed out, and, through the states, from airlines, airport authorities and other possible sources of information. In view of its terms of reference, the ICAO committee will not deal with the complaints Israel made to the ICAO following the hijacking of an El Al airliner to Algeria and the attacks on El Al planes at Athens and Zurich.

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