The 70th UN General Assembly can decide to establish an international tribunal for prosecution of persons involved in the collapse of a Malaysian plane Boeing-777 that took place last summer in the Donbas. It was announced by Yuriy Sergeyev, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Ukrinform.
“Now the countries of the so-called common group on investigation – the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, Ukraine – are deriving the formula of the next step for the formation of the tribunal should be like. It is obvious that the countries will come to a particular solution after meeting here during the 70th UN General Assembly,” he said.
According to Sergeyev, the consultations at the level of experts, which took place in late August, “show the readiness of the countries to move forward.”
The diplomat stressed that most of the countries of the United Nations support the position of formation of the tribunal and punishment of all those responsible for this crime. Sergeyev noted that even countries Russia put a constant pressure on “have found the courage to refrain from voting and not to vote ‘against’, as it was desired by Moscow.”
A strong support today exists, and the court will be established in one form or another, says the diplomat.
Sergeyev is confident that no Russia’s veto will stop the process of identification and punishment of those responsible for the tragedy, “because there are other mechanisms besides the ones existing in the Security Council.”
This summer, the Netherlands has initiated the establishment of an international tribunal under the UN Security Council in the case of the passenger plane Boeing-777. Later this idea was supported by Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, Britain and France. However, during the vote in the UN on the establishment of the tribunal on prosecution of those responsible for the catastrophe, Russia vetoed. According to most international experts and politicians, by this action Russia in fact confirmed its involvement in the collapse of the airliner.
Recently, it was reported that British lawyers intended to sue Putin for hundreds of millions of poundsfor the downed Boeing-777.
At the same time, the Kremlin rejects all accusations. However, even the Russian experts have come to the conclusion that the most probable reason for the Boeing-777 crash in the Donbas is the undermining of 9M38M1 surface-to-air missile from the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system.
The airliner Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in the skies over the Donbas controlled by pro-Russian militants on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed.