The United Nations General Assembly has endorsed a resolution condemning hijackings adopted by its special political committee.
GV: President of General assembly, Lazar Mojsov speaking in English.
SV: Argentina's delegate seated (silent)
SV: Cuba's delegate Ricardo Alarcon de Quesado speaking in Spanish.
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly has endorsed a resolution condemning hijackings adopted by its special political committee. The endorsement came on Thursday (3 November), and the Assembly appealed to all countries to adhere to three existing international treaties designed to curb interference with commercial aviation.
SYNOPSIS: The Assembly's President Lazar Mojsov of Yugoslavia declared the resolution endorsed by consensus. It had been included on the Assembly's agenda after airline pilots threatened to strike in protest at the recent hijacking of a Lufthansa jet. A number of amendments were included to accommodate Arab, Africa and other third world delegates. They, and Communist representatives, stressed that nothing should be included that might hamper what they regard as liberation movements. Cuba's delegate, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesado, said the condemnation was often discriminatory and selective.