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UN aviation task force to look at enforcing intelligence sharing

Published on Aug 12, 2014 3:32 AM
Parts of wreckage are seen at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of Rozsypne in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on August 1, 2014. Following the incident, airlines and industry groups have been pushing for better access to impartial, consistent intelligence about whether to fly over conflict zones. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TORONTO (REUTERS) - A United Nations aviation task force, set up following the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last month, will consider whether authorities should be forced to share safety intelligence, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

The task force set up by the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and including members of the airline industry and other aviation groups meets for the first time on Thursday and Friday in Montreal.

The task force has been asked "to consider the need for enforceable compliance provisions for the identification and dissemination" of information about risks to civil aircraft.

Interpol, the international police body, as well the UN and African Union counterterrorism committees, have been invited to join the task force, according to the documents. The group has also asked countries to nominate intelligence authorities to the task force, along with aviation bodies.

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