The UN Security Council met on late last night behind closed doors to follow up to Resolution 2166 on the issue of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17) crash and the proposal by Joint Investigation Team of countries for an international tribunal. Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ukraine proposed for a UN backed tribunal in this case.
UNSC President Gerard van Bohemen of New Zealand told the press that it was "a very positive discussion," where there was a strong support in the room for the establishment of a tribunal. Russia, of course, has a different perspective on this and explained its resolution and there were a number of countries that urged the two key proponents to come together and try to find a united way forward, he added.
On the same subject, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the victims who lost their lives aboard the tragic MH17 one year ago. In a statement, and as the international community marks this sombre anniversary, the UN Chief's thoughts are with the families of those who lost their loved ones.
While the pain caused by this tragedy cannot be erased, the victims must be honored by a collective effort to ascertain the truth about the incident and ensure that any persons determined responsible will be held to account, the statement added. Welcoming the progress made by the independent international investigation in accordance with UNSC resolution 2166.
Some 298 people were killed when the Boeing 777 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Eastern Ukraine last year, as the majority of them had Dutch nationalit.