1. Exterior shot of the Arab league Headquarters in Cairo
2. Wide of Secretary -General Amr Moussa at microphone
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Amr moussa, Arab league Secretary General: ++AUDIO AS INCOMING++
"I feel sorry and so angry for what happened yesterday regarding these crimes and especially that one, which happened at a time that we were hoping to take up conversations between all different Lebanese sects, and not to add a new furious factor and anger in the different Lebanese communities. And I have got nothing better to say than what (former) president Amin Gemayel, the father of the deceased said, as he asked people to stay quiet and calm. And this reaction from him was the right reaction taken from a statesman, confronting such a personal, human, and political incident he asked people to stay quiet and to only put in account what could be done for Lebanon's sake. And of course they should investigate in this crime to reach the facts of his assassination."
Paris, France - 22 November 2006
4. Wide shot of Elysee Palace
5. SOUNDBITE (French): Dominique Douste-Blazy, French Foreign Minister:
"Of course we talked about the situation in Lebanon. We condemned this new attempt to destabilise Lebanon, which is completely unacceptable. We are more than ever behind the Lebanese people, behind the Lebanese government, and as stated by the UN Secretary General, in Lebanon there cannot be peace unless there is justice. This is the reason why overnight the UN Security Council voted in New York: the establishment of an International Crime tribunal in order for such crimes not to be left unpunished. It is imperative to find out who did it in order to punish those who with assassination, with violence, tried to destabilise a country that deserves to be free, independent and sovereign."
Berlin, Germany - 22 November 2006
6. Wide top shot of German Bundestag, lower house of parliament
7. SOUNDBITE (German): Angela Merkel, German Chancellor:
"We condemn this murder. We want an independent Lebanon and violence must be stopped with the greatest determination. This was a cowardly killing which the United Nations has to condemn."
Vatican City - 22 November 2006
8. Wide view of St. Peter's Square crowded with pilgrims
9. Iraqi delegation attending pope's audience
10. SOUNDBITE (Italian): Pope Benedict XVI:
"I have learned with great grief of the murder of Pierre Gemayel, Industry Minister of the government of Lebanon, and I firmly condemn this. My prayer goes to the mourning family and to the loved people of Lebanon."
Leaders around the world on Wednesday continued their condemnation of the assassination of Lebanese Minister Pierre Gemayel by unknown gunmen.
The anti-Syrian Cabinet Minister and scion of Lebanon's most prominent Christian political family was gunned down on Tuesday in a suburb of Beirut.
Amr Moussa, the Secretary General of the Arab league, expressed his sorrow at the killing during a meeting at the organisation's headquarters in Cairo.
He called for calm among the Lebanese people, echoing the words of Amin Gemayel, the assassinated minister's father.
"I have got nothing better to say than what (former) president Amin Gemayel, the father of the deceased said, as he asked people to stay quiet and calm," said Moussa.
Moussa also said called for an investigation into the attack, and added that he would be departing for Lebanon to attend Gemayel's funeral.
French Foreign Minister Dominique Douste-Blazy added his voice on Wednesday to those of politicians around the world.
Speaking a the Elysee Palace in Paris, Douste-Blazy said the French government had talked about the situation in Lebanon in its weekly Cabinet meeting.
"We condemned this new attempt to destabilise Lebanon which is completely unacceptable. We are more than ever behind the Lebanese people, behind the Lebanese government," he said.
The assassination came hours before the United Nations Security Council was expected to endorse a draft document creating the international court to try suspects for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005, in which a UN investigation has implicated several Syrian officials.
The document will go to the Lebanese government for final approval.
Douste-Blazy told reporters: "It is imperative to find out who did it in order to punish those who with assassination, with violence, tried to destabilise a country that deserves to be free, independent and sovereign."
In a speech to the German Bundestag - the lower house of parliament - the German Chancellor also condemned the "cowardly" murder of Pierre Gemayel, the minister of industry in Lebanon.
"We want an independent Lebanon and violence must be stopped with the greatest determination," Angela Merkel said.
In Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday condemned the killing and called on all Lebanese to work for peace and reconciliation.
"I have learned with great grief of the murder of Pierre Gemayel and I firmly condemn this. My prayer goes to the mourning family and to the loved people of Lebanon," said Pope Benedict XVI in front of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his weekly audience.
Benedict described Tuesday's assassination as a brutal attack and said he was praying for the victim's family and the Lebanese people.