MONTREAL (Jun. 18)
Israel’s proposal for sanctions against countries condoning air piracy and sabotage were generally endorsed yesterday by most of the Latin American and several of the Western European nations represented at the plenary meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization. But the United States and Canada, while expressing sympathy for the Israeli position, indicated their agreement with the majority of the delegates, who want JCAO anti-sabotage legislation based on practical and technical, rather than “political,” grounds. In a surprise move, the delegations of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon recommended that no air carrier be permitted to carry arms and ammunition. The local press backed the Israeli proposal. The Star said political considerations could not be ignored in devising security legislation. La Presse and Le Devoir took similar stands. The Israeli proposal calls for severe penalties for air piracy, the planting of sabotage devices, and the aiding and abetting of such actions by governments.