Bush; UN Should and Could Take Steps to Combat Terrorist Activities

George Bush, the United States Ambassador to the Untied Nations, cited last night the “new phenomenon” of the “export of terrorism” involving “hijackings, threats against commercial shipping, kidnaping and assassination of diplomats,” to which “no country Is Immune.” Addressing the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Bush said the UN could– and should–take “four concrete steps”

Convene a plenipotentiary conference to negotiate a diplomatic-protection convention; prepare a convention requiring extradition or prosecution of terrorists; urge adherence to the Tokyo, Hague and Montreal anti-hijacking conventions, and support the cutting of air service to countries refusing to extradite or prosecute terrorists.

U.S. ACTING AGAINST TERRORISM

Bush said the US was acting along these lines. Reiterating a view he offered at a press conference earlier yesterday, he observed that “Given the depth and breadth of the political opposition (to anti-terrorism action) at the UN, I am frankly not optimistic about achieving the concrete results that our country so desperately wants and that civilized men everywhere deeply deserve.”

But, he added, “I can assure you we will continue to strive for positive results.” At the press conference, Bush said he was “happy” that terrorism was being considered by the Assembly, but registered “a strong no” when asked if he saw satisfactory progress toward adopting the strong American proposals.

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