BASRA DEVELOPMENT FORUM, BASRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, 12 DECEMBER 2007 (TAPE 1) [Allocated Title]
Scenes from the Third Basra Development Forum, held immediately prior to handover of Basra and four provinces to Provincial Iraqi Control.
I. Arrival of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials who take their place at the table. All stand as the Iraq National Anthem is played. Opening statements and prayers in Arabic. Audience of press and Coalition officials witnesses the proceedings; among them is the Right Honourable Douglas Alexander MP, the Secretary for International Development. Music is played (both recorded and live). Press conference follows.
II. Apron at Basra International Airport/Basra Air Station: airliners are prepared.