The crime of hostage-taking must be punished in any country w???ere the offenders are caught,?
The crime of hostage-taking must be punished in any country w???ere the offenders are caught, or else they must be extradited for punishment elsewhere, according to a convention approved on Monday (17 December) by the United Nations General Assembly. Iran did not take part in the Assembly's action. But the Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, Mansour Farhang, was expected to talk with Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim on Tuesday (18 December) about the American hostages still being held in the United States Embassy compound in Teheran.
SYNOPSIS: The convention's West German proposers said it complemented the 1970 Hague and 1971 Montreal conventions against hijacking, and followed the 1973 New York convention prohibiting crimes against internationally-protected persons. General Assembly President Salim A. Salim announced the vote -- one hundred and twenty-five delegations voted in favour, ten members of the Soviet Bloc opposed, and Rumania and Cuba, together with Botswana, abstained. United States spokesman Richard Petree, Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Nisibori and West German Ambassador Rudiger von Wechmar addressed the Assembly.