UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 26)
The Japanese representative at the ad hoc Committee on International Terrorism said yesterday that the recent hijacking of the Japan Air Lines jumbo jet stressed again the seriousness of the problem of international terrorism and the urgent need to adopt effective measures at the national as well as the international level.
Tadashi Ohtaka said Japan opposed any act of violence, regardless of its cause. He said the General Assembly should condemn international terrorism and concrete methods for combatting it should be established and put into effect as soon as possible. Ohtaka said that while the international community should study the causes of terrorism, this study might take a long time.
He asserted that the international community should not have to wait until the study is completed before adopting preventive measures. He also noted that a definition of terrorism would also take time and would not always be helpful in identifying acts to which preventive measures should be applied. Ohtaka’s remarks were the highlights of an otherwise low-keyed session of the committee.
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