Thant Agrees to Meet in Geneva with Pilots’ Representatives

Secretary-General U Thant will meet Saturday in Geneva with representatives to the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations to discuss the hijacking by Arab terrorists of the TWA plane. They will also confer on the general problem of air piracy.

Mr. Thant responded yesterday to a cable from Capt, Ole Forsberg of Finnair, president of IFALPA, who requested the meeting to discuss his 44,000-member organization’s plans for a 24-hour “cessation of operations” unless the Israelis are released. The Secretary-General did not endorse the strike but again assailed the hijacking as a “criminal act” and stressed the importance of the release of the passengers. Mr. Thant will meet IFALPA representatives while en route to Ethiopia for an official visit.

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