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32-nation Draft Condemns Hijacking; Calls for Anti-hijacking Convention

A 32-nation draft resolution condemning “all acts of aerial hijacking or other interference with civil air travel” was introduced Friday in the Sixth Committee (Legal) of the General Assembly which met for the first time since Oct. 13, when consideration of it began. Among the nations cosponsoring the draft are Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Iran, Japan and the Netherlands. The measure also calls for states to take “all appropriate measures to deter, prevent or suppress” hijackings; prosecute and punish or extradite hijackers; “provide for the care and safety” of passengers and crew on abducted airliners on their territory; ratify or accede to the 1963 Tokyo Convention Hijacking; and work for an anti-hijacking convention at the December conference in The Hague.

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