The U.N. Security Council, pressed by Libya to condemn the downing of two Libyan warplanes by U.S. Navy jets, decided Thursday to hold an emergency session to discuss the incident.

The 15-nation council first met at 11 a.m., an hour later than scheduled, to consider an emergency session and quickly approved the meeting proposal.The extraordinary meeting was set for 3 p.m. Thursday to discuss the Wednesday incident over the Mediterranean Sea in which two MiG-23 Flogger jets were shot down by two Navy F-14 Tomcat fighters from a carrier task force near Libya.

"There was no objection from anyone present, so we decided to meet today," said one diplomat after the morning consultation.

Any council condemnation is sure to be vetoed by the United States, one of the five permanent council members who have veto power over any resolution.