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World conference on aircraft hi-jacking

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Statement by the Minister for Civil Aviation,' 5 L. ;ar the Hon. Robert Cotton.

Thirteen countries, including Australia, will discuss

means of preventing aircraft hi jacking at a four day

conference in Washington beginning December 16.

Invitations to the talks were issued by the United States Government to countries whose airlines were regarded as

"leading providers of air services".

Australia ranks sixth in the world on total internstioJial and domestic air passage operations.

Representatives )f Australia, Brizal, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan,

the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United States will

comprise the conference.

The Minister for Civil Aviation, Senator Cotton, announced

this today.

He said that the Washington talks were intended to

compliment and support other efforts through the International

Civil Aviation Organizations and the United deal

with hi jacking.

There had been more than 60,000 cases this year of hip — jacking, or attempted hi ..jacking.

Unlawful interference of aircraft in flight had assumed

alarming proportions and was causing concern throughout the


Senator Cotton said the question of a supplementary

convention dealing with hi jacking would be raised and the ratification of the Tokyo convention on offences and other

Acts committed and on aircraft would also be discussed.

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December 17,__ 1969 - P. M.