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Ahead of the scheduled Sunday referendum in Crimea, Becky discovered more about the legal issues surrounding the Ukrainian crisis by speaking to Marc Weller, Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge.
Weller told her that one significant fact was that Russia has formally confirmed in the past that it has no territorial claims towards Ukraine.
According to Weller, the upcoming Crimean referendum would not be recognised under international law. "You cannot hold a referendum ever under circumstances of use of force of a neighbouring state." Weller also said that a referendum should be the “final step” in a long process towards independence – a process which would normally include investigating whether they have a claim to self-determination, and the subsequent necessary negotiations with the Ukrainian government.
On the ousting of ex-president Yanukovych and the increased Russian presence in Crimea, Weller says that "if he cannot be president then certainly he cannot invite a foreign armed force into the country, and that's the key issue. Even if you say that formally he should still be regarded as president, if you lose control over the country to an extent that the majority of the population of parliament disowns you, you no longer have the right to ask foreign armed forces to come in."
There are more questions than answers surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
Yesterday Becky spoke to a number of experts to get the latest on the search, and to discuss the possible scenarios.
Aviation Expert David Gleave told Becky how the plane seemed to have disappeared at the "point of maximum confusion" – specifically, the point of handover between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control. This period only lasts a few minutes, sometimes only a few seconds, but gives the plane the "maximum opportunity to fly in any particular direction, unmonitored.” Gleave says it would appear that the plane had descended at that point, but this descent was not commensurate with depressurization or engine failure, because the plane remained "too high, and under control, adding to the theory that someone had taken control of the aircraft".
CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson told Becky that Interpol have identified the two men flying on stolen passports as Iranian, but Interpol don't believe there is any link between these young men and terrorism. One of the men's mothers was expecting him to eventually arrive in Frankfurt, Germany, and she was one of the people who alerted authorities.
Thousands of angry mourners gathered in a working-class Istanbul neighborhood today, for the funeral of a 15-year-old boy whose death Tuesday triggered the worst street violence Turkey has seen in months.
Berkin Elvan's death unleashed a wave of rage against the Turkish government. His family has placed blame for the critical injury the boy suffered last June squarely on the government and police.
Last night saw serious unrest on the streets of Istanbul. CNN Senior International Correspondent Ivan Watson and his cameraman were in the middle of it – caught between police and demonstrators, and struggling to report despite the debilitating effects of tear gas.
"This is an explosion of anger over the death of a fifteen year old boy," Ivan told Becky. He had to briefly stop the segment in order to put on a gas mask, before resuming his reporting.
"We don't know where this is going to take Turkey right now," Ivan said. "I, for instance, have never seen this major boulevard blockaded before by demonstrators who have set fire to roadblocks."
Ivan Watson will be reporting from Istanbul again tonight for the latest on the unrest.
European Union leaders issued a joint statement addressing the Ukrainian crisis on Thursday. Becky was in Brussels and spoke to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to find out how the talks went.
He said that the EU is ready to sign a political association agreement with Ukraine, along with a package of around €11 billion in financial support. In addition, the EU is seeking "unilateral measures of trade giving [Ukraine] access to our markets even before the ratification of all the agreements."
Asked about public opinion in Crimea, Barroso said, "We want the international law to be respected and today I can tell you there was a unanimous position by the 28 heads of state and government of the European Union reaffirming these principles."
He said the most important thing was respecting "the opinion of the people of Ukraine," and supporting "peace and stability.”
He added: "We want to have a constructive relationship with Russia but of course we cannot accept the kind of behaviour that we have seen."
EU leaders met in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit aimed at addressing the Ukrainian crisis.
Becky spoke to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to find out how the talks went.
Reinfeldt said that Russia's "unacceptable aggression", is threatening European Union members and that a shift in Russian policy in the region is "potentially dangerous."
He also reiterated the importance of a coordinated response by the EU and the U.S. towards Russia.
The EU has called on direct negotiations between the governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation to start within the next few days. Failing to do so will lead to sanctions including "travel bans and asset freezes” and the cancellation of an upcoming EU-Russia summit.