The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on International Terrorism began a substantive discussion on the cause and possible control of acts of terrorism on Monday (23 July).
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"The agony and anxiety of the crew and passengers can only be imagined. Their fate remains undetermined. Such irresponsible acts, perpetuated by individuals against innocent persons for their personal gains or emotional satisfaction has resulted in searches being conducted on persons and luggage of diplomats and other passengers travelling on duty thereby thwarting the provisions of the Vienna Convention of 1961 and 1963.
"In trying to find out what the causes of this problem are, it would be advisable to consider the issue involved carefully. Generally those referred to as "terrorists" in this matter behave the way they do because certain fundamental rights have been denied them. In Africa, for instance, there are liberation movements which resort to arms as a means of legitimately forcing the regimes of colonialists and racists to grant them independence and respect their inherent rights of self-determination."
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Background: The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on International Terrorism began a substantive discussion on the cause and possible control of acts of terrorism on Monday (23 July). It took more than a week of sporadic meetings before the body of the committee proper was formed and an agenda was drawn up.
With the hijacking of a Japanese Airlines Boeing 747 with 141 passengers and crew on board the headline story throughout the world, and the fate of the passengers and crew still at that time in the balance, the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.N., Dr. E.O. Ogbu spoke of their dreadful plight.