Forcible diversion of civil aircraft in flight

2551. Forcible diversion of civil aircraft in flight

The General Assembly, Deeply concerned over acts of unlawful interference with international civil aviation, Considering it necessary to recommend effective measures against hijacking in all its forms, or any other unlawful seizure or exercise of control of aircraft, Mindful that such acts may endanger the life and health of passengers and crew in disregard of commonly accepted humanitarian considerations, Aware that international civil aviation can only function properly in conditions guaranteeing the safety of its operations and the due exercise of the freedom of air travel,

1. Calls upon States to take every appropriate measure to ensure that their respective national legislations provide an adequate framework for effective legal measures against all kinds of acts of unlawful interference with, seizure of, or other wrongful exercise of control by force or threat thereof over, civil aircraft in flight;

2. Urges States in particular to ensure that persons on board who perpetrate such acts are prosecuted;

3. Urges full support for the efforts of the International Civil Aviation Organization directed towards the speedy preparation and implementation of a convention providing for appropriate measures, inter alia, with respect to making the unlawful seizure of civil aircraft a punishable offence and to the prosecution of persons who commit that offence;

4. Invites States to ratify or accede to the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft, signed at Tokyo on 14 September 1963,[1] in conformity with the Convention.

1831st plenary meeting,
12 December 1969.

[1] United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 704 (1969), No. 10106.

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