The United States Secretary of Transport John Volpe called on Friday (18 September) for the suspension of air services to and from countries involved in aircraft hijacking.
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TRANSCRIPT: VOLPE: "We would hope we could act in concert, it is our complete expectation that we will act in concert, we are not foreclosing unilateral action should that become necessary, we are not saying that we will, but we certainly want to reserve that option".
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Background: The United States Secretary of Transport John Volpe called on Friday (18 September) for the suspension of air services to and from countries involved in aircraft hijacking.
He made the call at a meeting, requested by the United States, of the Governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The full terms of Mr. Volpe's boycott proposals were that it should be made of any state that detained for international blackmail purpose passengers and crew of any aircraft unlawfully seized; or fails to extradite or prosecute people responsible for acts of unlawful seizure involving the detention of passengers, crew or aircraft for international blackmail.
Canadian assistant Deputy Minister of External Affairs Andre Bissonette urged similar action, but said it should be agreed bi-laterally rather than by a treaty binding nations.
Neither Lebanon nor Egypt, the only Middle East nations on the Council, spoke during the two-hour meeting.
The Council decided to postpone discussion of the United States and Canadian proposals till September 29th.
Twenty-seven nations are represented on the Governing Council of the 119-nation body. Also present to hear Mr. Volpe were representatives of international airlines and pilots.