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UN Security Council able to take dignified decision on MH17 tragedy — ambassador

July 21, 2015, 3:26 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
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UNITED NATIONS, July 21. /TASS/. UN Security Council is capable of making a dignified decision on a resolution regarding the MH17 tragedy, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said on Monday after a meeting behind closed doors that discussed a Russian version of the resolution on the MH17 tragedy, which Moscow drafted as an alternative to the Malaysian version.

Churkin called for refraining from a hasty passage of the resolution on the accident, since the investigation conducted by the Dutch had not been completed.

"I don’t see any grounds for making haste," he said. "One could hear people say somewhat earlier, well, let’s pass some document on the anniversary of the accident. The reason why is unclear."

"That’s a tragic date that should be marked with minute’s silence, with solemn functions, but certainly not with the adoption of whatever half-baked documents," Churkin said. "I think we’ve done away with this haste and we’ll be able to attain a dignified solution in the course of quiet and scrupulous work. I hope we’ll do it."

New Zealand’s ambassador to the UN, Gerald van Bohemen said the Monday meeting was a very positive one as the participants had voiced strong support for the idea of an international tribunal promulgated by Malaysia.

Van Bohemen admitted that Russia viewed the situation from a different angle and it had explained for the essence of its version of the resolution, while a number of countries had called on the two key opponents to bridge the gap in their positions and to try and find a mutually acceptable solution.

Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777-200ER crashed on July 17, 2014, in the east of Ukraine’s much-troubled embattled Donetsk region while performing flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All the 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers died.

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