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UN SC resolution on setting up MH17 tribunal is a blind alley — Russia’s UN envoy

July 10, 2015, 3:55 UTC+3 THE UNITED NATIONS

It seems that this is an attempt to organize a grandiose political show, which only damages efforts to find the guilty parties, Vitaly Churkin says

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UNITED NATIONS, July 10. /TASS/. Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday he believed a draft resolution and a statute proposed by Malaysia and the Netherlands to establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing a Malaysia airliner over eastern Ukraine last year might prove to be a blind alley.

Vitaly Churkin told journalists that the draft resolution had not yet been formally submitted to the UN Security Council but its text had been distributed among member states’ delegations.

"I had a meeting with ambassadors from Malaysia and the Netherlands the other day during the draft resolution and the statute of the international tribunal were handed over to us," Churkin said.

"Personally, I can see no prospects for these documents. We should put them aside and await results of the investigation and then think how efficiently the court proceedings should be organised," he said, adding that the statue of the proposed tribunal "is worded in such a way that it could look not only into the Boeing issue but also into anything somehow connected with it."

"Unfortunately, it seems that this is an attempt to organize a grandiose political show, which only damages efforts to find the guilty parties," Churkin said.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region last July, some 60 kilometers (around 37 miles) from the Russian border in the zone of combat operations between Donetsk self-defence forces and the Ukrainian army. All 298 passengers and crew on board perished, the Netherlands reporting 196 victims, the highest death toll in the disaster.

On July 21, 2014, the UN Security Council demanded a thorough and unbiased investigation.

In early September, the Dutch Safety Board said in its preliminary report that the MH17 flight broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside. A surface-to-air or air-to-air missile that allegedly hit the plane is considered the biggest factor behind the crash.

Kiev authorities and militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic have blamed each other for the plane downing.

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