The United Nations General Assembly has agreed to put the problem of hijacking on its agenda.
The United Nations General Assembly has agreed to put the problem of hijacking on its agenda. It will be decided by the Assembly's 149-nation special political committee at a date to be fixed. The agenda item entitled "safety of international civil aviation" was proposed by more than 40 countries following the hijacking of a West German Boeing to Mogadishu in Somalia. On Tuesday (25 October), the assembly approved a recommendation by its steering committee on Monday (24 October) to include the item on its agenda. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations had threatened to begin a 48-hour strike on Tuesday (25 October) but called it off-following assurances that the assembly would deal urgently with the hijacking menace.
SYNOPSIS: Saudi Arabia's deputy permanent representative Jamil Baroody urged concentrated international action.