The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has decided to debate the downed Libyan airliner incident.
GV INT, ICAO Assembly, members stand for 2 minutes silence (??? shots)
SCU Egyptian delegate speaks
SCU Israeli delegate speaks.
GTV & SV Assembly voting
EGYPTIAN DELEGATE: "Mr. President, the subject we are raising does not concern Libya alone. The Libyan aircraft may have been the principal target, yet the passengers and crew are not only Libyans. Most of the crew, including the pilot, were French. The passengers were of different nationalities. Officials and the news media all over the world boys expressed shock and outrage. Here in the United Nations. The Secretary-Gral has said it was one of the most shocking incidents in the history of civil aviation."
ISRAELI DELEGATE: "Mr. President, great care should be taken to draft it in such terms as to avoid an a priori judgement (note: Latin term for 'judgement before the fact') of the matter to be discussed. But this unfortunately is not the case with the language of the item proposed by the Egyptian representative. Should that language for the description of the proposed item be adopted, I do hope that this will not prejudge the discussion of the item in a clam an salient manner with a view of finding ways and means for the prevention of such tragic occurrences in the future. I thank you, Sir."
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Background: The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has decided to debate the downed Libyan airliner incident. The organisation's 125-member Assembly added the item to the agenda for their four-day session which began in the United Nations on Tuesday (February 27) following an Egyptian proposal. The meeting, arranged before the airliner was shot down over the Sinai desert last week by Israeli aircraft with the loss of 106 lives, had been called to discuss other business.
There were no objections voiced during the debate of Egypt's proposal to add the item to the agenda, although 19 members voted against it at the end. Fifty-nine were in favour.
This film shows part of the debate -- with Egyptian and Israeli delegates addressing the Assembly -- and the vote.