The United Nations has been urged to take urgent and positive steps to curb air piracy.
The United Nations has been urged to take urgent and positive steps to curb air piracy. The president of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations, Captain Derry Pearce, told the world body on Wednesday (26 October) that the mounting wave of attacks on civil aviation was a threat to international peace. It should be referred to the Security Council for action. Captain Pearce, an Australian, called for ratification of three existing international conventions which deal with civil aviation safety. Addressing the UN General Assembly's special political committee, he said that if the treaties, ratified and honoured by all states, would return air travel to the level of freedom from violent crimes it enjoyed 20 years ago. The debate was arranged after the federation had threatened a 48-hour strike in protest against the hijacking of a Lufthansa airliner to Mogadishu in Somalia and the killing of the plane's pilot. Captain Pearce called off the strike after assurances from UN secretary general Kurt Waldheim that the world body was taking urgent action on the hijack problem.