Ambassadors and representatives from ten Arab nations met with Secretary of states William Rogers in Washington on Tuesday (8th September) to discuss the recent spate of hijacking.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: QUESTION: "Mr Ambassador, did you offer any suggestions how this release might be effected?"
ANSWER: "I prefer you not to go nay further, because of the delicacy of the situation, not to discuss any further details. I believe this is the situation. We will try our best from a humanitarian point of view to expedite the release of the passengers".
QUESTION: "Which ambassadors were there?"
ANSWER: "Well, all the Arab Ambassadors in Washington, the Ambassadors of Kuwait, that's myself, Saudi Arahia, Jordan, Morocco, and representatives, charge d'affaires of Libya. Tunisia, Sudan."
QUESTION: "Mr Ambassador can you give us what you feel about the hijackings?"
ANSWER: "Well, as I have said, as I have said to my friends, this is the action not of really the fedayeens as a total group but the action of one radical faction of the fedayeen, and these actions are out of desperation. They had come about because of the desperate situation that these people have been living in and as I said they do not necessarily fall within the accord or the condolence even of the rest of the fedayeen themselves."
QUESTION: "Do you feel such an act is justified?"
ANSWER: "I beg your pardon, I don't say that at all, I said that we perhaps can understand why they have done it without necessarily condoning it, these people have done it after having lived 23 years in the desperate situation, I didn't say that I condone it."
QUESTION: "Do you condemn it?"
ANSWER: "From a humanitarian point, yes."
QUESTION: "From a political point of view?"
ANSWER: "I am not at liberty to discuss political views."
QUESTION: "Do you feel that if this sort of situation continues, it might endanger the continuation of international air travel through the Middle East ?"
ANSWER: "Definitely, and furthermore my own personal feeling is that it does not serve necessarily the cause of the Palestinian people."
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Background: Ambassadors and representatives from ten Arab nations met with Secretary of states William Rogers in Washington on Tuesday (8th September) to discuss the recent spate of hijacking. Afterwards the Ambassador of Kuwait, Talah Al-Ghoussein, acted as spokesman for the group to answer reporters' questions.
Mr Rogers told the diplomats that he did not believe their nations to be responsible for the hijackings, but he asked for government action to secure the earliest possible release of the hostages.
Last night (9th of September), the fifteen nation UN Security Council unanimously appealed for the release of every one of the hostages regardless of their nationality. The Council is standing by today to take further action if their appeal goes unheeded.