In Montreal, Canada on Tuesday (9 Jan.), a group of United Nations legal experts discussed ways and means of introducing new, tough laws against aerial hijacking.
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Background: In Montreal, Canada on Tuesday (9 Jan.), a group of United Nations legal experts discussed ways and means of introducing new, tough laws against aerial hijacking.
The meeting was called at the end of last year by the 114-member International Aviation Organisation--the aviation technical agency of the United Nations. The delegates of various nationalities at Tuesday's meeting represented the Aviation Organisation's Legal Committee.
Despite three treaties already in force, hijacking continues to be a major menace. During 1972 there were 62 reported hijacking--23 of them successful.
The Legal Committee conference will try to draft a fourth treaty going much further than before, perhaps to the point of boycotting countries which harbour hijacker or aerial guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: In the Canadian city of Montreal this week, delegates gathered from all over the world to try to reach agreement on new, touch laws against hijacking.
The conference was called at the end of last year by the International Civil Aviation Organisation--the United Nations aviation agency--in an attempt to stamp out the increasing threat of aerial crimes.
Last year there were sixty-two hijackings twenty-three of them successful. These occurred despite stricter airport security regulations and the existence of three international anti-hijack treaties. This meeting in Montreal will discuss a fourth and probably much more stringent treaty.
The majority of delegates at the conference are lawyers, and they represent the Legal Committee of the U.N. Aviation Agency. Among the new measures discussed will be a proposal that all countries aiding or harbouring hijackers should be boycotted.