UNITED NATIONS, July 18 The U.N. Security
Council on Friday called for a "full, thorough and independent
international investigation" into the downing of a Malaysian
airliner with 298 people on board over Ukraine, urging all
parties to grant investigators access to the site.
In a statement agreed by consensus, the council also called
for "appropriate accountability." Britain drafted the short text
and hoped the 15-member council could issue it on Thursday, but
Russia requested more time to review it before it was agreed.
Two U.S. officials have said Washington strongly suspects
the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was downed by a
missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)