A year ago, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2166 calling for an independent investigation into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the release of the Foreign Ministry of Belgium.
Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine are the countries conducting the independent criminal investigation into the downing of MH17. They are consulting all members of the Security Council to seek their support to establish an independent tribunal to hold to account those responsible for the Boeing-777 crash.
“The independent air safety investigation has been conducted in full compliance with all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines and Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention. It is an independent investigation with broad international participation,” the report reads.
The UN has expressed confidence that the investigation was conducted according to international standards. On July 17, 2015, the anniversary of the downed MH17, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the progress made by the independent international investigation.
Law enforcement agencies of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine have been cooperating in a Joint Investigation Team to conduct a criminal investigation. This study has been equally comprehensive and independent.
Creation of the tribunal by the Security Counci prior to the completion of the criminal investigation would ensure that the tribunal was depoliticized. The judges, the prosecutor and registrar would be appointed by the UN Secretary General. Prosecutor would be totally independent and would have the right to conduct additional studies.
For the Security Council it is important to take clear and decisive measures against those responsible for the downed MH17.