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September 18, 1970 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-18

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Thant Raps Israel for Holding 2 Algerians;
Fails to Mention Lands Aiding Hijackers

UNITED NATIONS (JTA) — rangements (which have been vio-
While Secretary General U Thant lated) involve neither Dr. Jarring
reaffirmed abhorrence of the nor the UN "but the United States
"savage and inhuman" acts of the and the two parties (Israel and
terrorist hijackers, he singled out Egypt) involved. It bears emphasis
Israel as "an earlier Case" ex- that this is an area in which the
emplifying the increasing incidents UN has no responsibility because
`involving innocent international none has been given to it."
air travelers whose safety and
Thant said his immediate con-
lives are being ruthlessly en- centration will be on "getting the
Jarring effort back on the tracks,"
The case, he told a press con- a conviction both officials share
ference at UN headquarters, in- that this is "the one chance for
volved the detention of two high a breakthrough to peace in the
Algerian officials by Israel.
Middle East"
Thant also stated, in reply to
Newsmen, surprised that he
identified only Israel without questions, that the international
once mentioning Egypt, Jordan community is extremely anxious to
or Lebanon which aided and put an end to the "criminal acts"
abetted the hijackers who cap- of hijackings and that the matter
tured three planes within the would be discussed at the next
past few days, pressed Thant to session of the General Assembly
explain why only Israel came which opens next Tueday.
He added, that he has been in
under his scrutiny.
The secretary general replied touch with the International Civil
Organization, with the
that he was not singling out Israel
but merely stating publicly for International Air Transport Asso-
the first time, the various steps ciation and the International Fed-
he has taken to try to obtain the eration of Airline Pilots Associa-
release of the two Algerian tion regarding the two Algerian
officials and that he would con-
It _seemed apparent, however, tinue to press for their release..
Meanwhile, Israel notified
that Thant was implying that
Israel's action might have •led, Thant that the Arab hijacking
however indirectly, to the hijack- of civilian aircraft and Israel's
ing incidents during the past few detention of the two Algerians
had nothing in common.
A similar view was expressed
In a letter delivered by Ambas-
by the vice president of the French sador Yosef Tekoah, Israel noted
Airline Pilots' Association who that the Arab terrorists "by force"
claimed that Israel's seizure last seized airliners and still hold
month of the two Algerians from hostages for purposes of black-
a BOAC airliner at Lydda Airport mail against their governments.
was responsible for the current The two Algerians, on the other
wave of hijackings.
hand, came to Israel of their own
Thant devoted a third of his free will, arriving on a civilian
prepared remarks to the efforts airliner scheduled to land at Lod
he made to have the Algerians Airport, the letter stated.
"The circumstances of their ar-
released, including his intention,
which he communicated to the rival in Israel were suspect," the
charge d'affaires of the Israeli
letter continued. "They are known
mission to the UN, "to send a to occupy official positions in
high-level repreSentative to Algeria of a special character.
Israel for the purpose of dis- The government of Israel is cer-
cussing with the appropriate tainly within its right in detaining
Israeli authorities the question them in Israel on security grounds
of the detention of the two for questioning.
Algerian citizens."
The letter reaffirmed Israel's
He added that "as of this "unequivocal opposition" to all
moment, I have received no reply forms of aggression against civilian
to my appeal" for the release of air transport, aircraft, passengers
the Algerians "nor any reaction and crew and to all form of
to the sending of a high-level rep- piracy in the air. It also advised
resentative to Israel."
Thant that he would be kept
A spokesman for the Israeli informed of all subsequent deve-
mission denied Thant's allegation lopments in the matter of the two
and said that Israeli Ambassador Algerian detainees.
Yosef Tekoah apprised Thant of
A Security Council resolution
Israel's position on the two Alger- last week calling for the im-
ians and the hijacking incidents. mediate release of airliner hi-
At the outset of his peace con- jack victims and steps to pre-
ference, Tekoah said he would vent future hijackings was con-
make a. few comments on the sidered unlikely to achieve either
developments in the Middle East of its objectives, according to
but asked newsmen "not to press political observers.
questions" about this subject.
The resolution was adopted
The reason for this "unac- unanimously, by consensus in-
customed restrictiveness," he said, stead of by formal vote. It was
was the "complicated and delicate" immediately interpreted by the
situation. In his "overriding con- Arab states as calling for the re-
cern to further the cause of peace" lease of Arab guerrillas imprisoned
in the Middle East, Thant said, in Europe and Israel, as well as
he was "not willing at this critical the 300 then being held from the
juncture to take any risk of say- three hijacked jets.
ing anything which can be con-
United States officials made it
strued as obstructing peace."
clear they did not agree with that
In his prepared statement, the interpretation. But observers saw
secretary general said the cur-
the resolution nullified by the in-
rent. Mid East peace effort "has terpretation put on it by the Arabs.
now had a severe setback even They noted, in addition, that the
before It really got under way." resolution was not addressed to
Nevertheless, he added, be was any specific state or group.
"not yet prepared to say that
The text appealed to "all parties
it is beyond salvage." Ambas- concerned for the immediate re-
sador Gunnar V. Jarring, the lease of all passengers and crews
Mid East peace mediator, con- without exception, held as a re-
tinues to be "fully available to sult of hijackings and other inter-
all parties," Thant said.
ference in international travel."
Expressing gratification that the
It also called on "states to take
cease fire in the Suez Canal zone all possible legal steps to prevent
"is being observed scrupulously," further hijackings or any other
be noted that the standstill ar- interference with international civil



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was upheld over the weekend by
UN legal experts, who based that
opinion on the right of a country
air travel." But there was no at
war to protect itself when enemy
hint in the resolution as to the
pass through. Algeria has
nature of the steps the Security proclaimed
itself in a state of
Council favored.
war with Israel.)
• • •

Thant Calls for 'International
Tribunal' to Deal with Hijacking
NEW YORK—Secretary General
U Thant urged, in a speech Mon-
day night, that an "international
tribunal" be established to deal
with acts of hijacking. He address-
ed a dinner sponsored by the
United Nations Association of the
United States, marking the 25th
annual United Nations Day.
He said it would be helpful if
all governments pledged them-
selves to extradite all hijackers.
Although he again denounced hi-
jackings as "lawlessness" and the
work of extremists," he did not
refer specifically to the Aug. 30
hijackings by Arab' guerrillas nor
to the Arabs who engineered the
plane seizures.
The crime of hijacking, the
secretary general said Monday
night, "must be brought before an
international tribunal defending the
interests of all peoples and nations
and not of any particular people."
If such a panel should be ac-
cused of breaching national sov-
eregnity, he said his answer would
be that "the world has no other
choice" and that "nations and
people must have the courage to
resort to adequate new methods
of international law and order "
Discussing the work of the UN
over 25 years, he commented that
"we have failed to pacify two per-
sisting and bloody conflicts," an
apparent reference to the Middle
East and Vietnam.
(Israel's right under interna-
tional law to detain the Algerians

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