Knesset Committee Urges Nations to Speed Laws Against Air Piracy

The parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called on the nations of the world today to “expedite the passing of legislation aimed at increasing the security of international civil aviation.” The committee urged universal application of the 1963 Tokyo Convention on sir piracy, and recommended the immediate passage of conventions penalizing hijackers, airliner terrorists and their superiors. The committee also condemned the “surrender to black-mail” in releasing Arab terrorists. (The International Civil Aviation Organization is scheduled to meet again in Montreal next Tuesday to consider a United States proposal that the 119 nation members of the ICAO institute an serial boycott of any country which harbors airline hijackers or detains hijacked planes. U.S. Transportation Secretary John Volpe submitted the proposal at a special ICAO meeting in Montreal on Sept. 18. After the delegates listened to the U.S. proposal, the meeting was adjourned until Sept. 29 so that delegations could receive instructions from their governments.)

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