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Committee on Terrorism Begins Study on Definition of Term

A subcommittee made up of all 35 members of the Ad Hoc Committee on International Terrorism began to work out today a definition of the meaning of international terrorism.

The committee, which concluded its general debate on the problem yesterday, agreed to the suggestion of its chairman, Ambassador Aquilino E. Boyd of Panama, that three subcommittees be established on which all the committee members would serve. The subcommittees will deal in sequence with the definition of terrorism, the causes of terrorism, and methods of combatting the problem. The recommendations will be presented to the General Assembly when it convenes in Sept. Boyd said that all subcommittee sessions would be closed to the public.

Finding a definition of international terrorism may prove difficult, however, since the Arab states want to exclude Arab terrorist attacks on Israel, and the African countries want to protect guerrilla operations against Rhodesia, South Africa and the Portuguese colonies.