UNSC calls for “full, open and thorough investigation.” for downed MH117

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- A draft resolution “deploring” the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH117 was adopted on Monday (21 July) unanimously by the Security Council, calling for a “full, open and thorough investigation.”

The 15-member body condemned “in the strongest terms” the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, which resulted in the tragic loss of 298 lives.

Council members also insisted on the “dignified, respectful and professional” treatment and recovery of the bodies of the victims.

Further, the Council demanded that the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area “refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site, including by refraining from destroying, moving or disturbing wreckage, equipment, debris, personal belongings, or remains, and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site”

It also demanded that all military activities, including by armed groups, be immediately ceased in the immediate area surrounding the crash site to allow for security and safety of the international investigation.

The Council also demanded that those responsible for this incident to be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability.

Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council, Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia said “the options for what has happened had narrowed considerably and it is now pretty clear what happened. We just need to determine who did it.”

She added “the message from this unanimous resolution to those at the such is: do not temper with the evidence, allow the investigators full access unimpeded unfitted to the site. Do not touch the belongings of the victims, they are not yours, they belong to the families and they are evidence.”

Also speaking to reporters, Frans Timmermans, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, said “what I found mindboggling is that you would accuse Ukrainians of being responsible and at the same time you would not act when separatists are doing everything to make an independent inquiry impossible or more difficult.”

He added “so, I hope that now Russia would now feel its responsibility, act upon its responsibility. If it doesn’t, it’s going to have an increasingly isolated position in the international world.”