The Mayor of the Ugandan capital of Entebbe Stephen Kabuye promised not to destroy the control tower and airport hall and where Israeli hostages were held during the 1976 hijacking.
The mayor spoke to Israeli Ambassador to Kenya Emanuel Seri after reports were published that that he intended to demolish the old terminal and build a new terminal for domestic flights.
Kabuye told the ambassador that they will separate the two sections of the old terminal. The hall where the Israeli hostages were held, including the control tower from which Lt. Colonel Yoni Netanyahu was shot and killed, and the commemoration plaque that was erected last year for the victims of the hijacking, are all going to remain intact.
The rest of the terminal will be demolished and a new domestic terminal will be built in its place. Construction has already begun on the project in order to be completed in time for the British Commonwealth Conference set for November 2007 in Uganda.