Israel was condemned by the International Civil Aviation Organisation on Wednesday (Feb. 28) for its downing of a Libyan airliner in Sinai -- a crash that killed 106 people.
GV General Assembly
SCU French delegate speaking (in French)
SV Russian delegate speaking (in Russian)
LV English delegate speaking (in English)
SV Australian delegate speaking
GV ZOOM INTO SV Libyan delegate's chair unoccupied
SV Israeli delegate speaks (in English)
GV President of assembly
GV Votes being taken (SOUND of rollcall)
SCU Israeli delegate listens to votes and votes himself (The only one to vote no)
GV United States delegate votes
GV General Assembly
SCU President announcing results of vote
U.K. DELEGATE, AIR VICE MARSHAL JOHN RUSSELL: "Exactly what happened is not yet known. But prima facie it seems the Israeli authorities concerned made a terrible and tragic mistake. Because of this, and because of the implications for International air transport generally, it has from the outset been our view that a full, and impartial investigation should be carried out in order to establish the facts."
AUSTRALIAN DELEGATE, MR. B. LEWIS: "I would like to associate the views of the Australian delegation with those expressed by the delegate of the United Kingdom, whom I believe was supported by the delegate from Belgium."
ISRAELI AMBASSADOR JACOB DORON: "My delegation would not have opposed a fair and constructive resolution by this assembly. However we cannot go along with a text that..."
ISRAELI DELEGATE CONTINUES: "....contains a condemnation not the result of the investigation this same resolution calls for. Such an approach is, on the face of it, lacking in elementary objectivity. My delegation will vote against that resolution contained in working paper number six."
KOTAITE: "Yes. Iraq?"
KOTAITE: "Yes. Ireland?"
KOTAITE: "Yes. Israel?"
KOTAITE: "No. Italy?"
KOTAITE: "United States?"
KOTAITE: "One-oh-five in favour, one against, two abstentions, four absent."
On Wednesday, the International Civil Aviation Organisation voted to condemn Israel in its downing of a Libyan airliner on February twenty first, a crash which killed one hundred and six people. Some delegates expressed reservations about condemning Israel, but almost all supported a call for an international investigation of the action. The United Kingdom delegate, Air Vice-Marshal John B. Russel spoke for the resolution and was supported by Australia's Mr. Lewis.
Libya stayed away from the meeting. Israel's delegate Jacob Doron was lone spokesman against the motion.
Secretary General ??? ordered a ??? of the meeting and announced the result.
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Background: Israel was condemned by the International Civil Aviation Organisation on Wednesday (Feb. 28) for its downing of a Libyan airliner in Sinai -- a crash that killed 106 people.
By a vote of 105 to 1 (Israel) with two abstentions (Colombia and Malawi) a resolution sponsored by Guinea and Egypt, calling for an investigation of the incident and condemning Israel, was passed.
Libya was absent from the vote. The 30-nation ICAO assembly is expected to act on the resolution next week. Israel has said it would cooperate with any competent International body.
Egypt called the shooting down of the airliner by Israeli fighters "deliberate and premeditated slaughter".
Israel's Ambassador Jacob Doron, in telling the assembly that Israel would vote against the resolution, said his country would not have opposed a "constructive solution", but would not go along with one containing a condemnation.
During the debate, a number of countries, particularly in the West, expressed reservations about eh condemnation clause, but later voted for it.
More than 40 speakers took part in the debate. On this film are the French and Russian ambassadors speaking, and -- speaking in English -- the United Kingdom delegate, the Australian delegate and the Israeli delegate. A transcript of their statements follow with the roll call and result of the vote.