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No unity in UN Security Council on MH17 tribunal

July 16, 2015, 9:49 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
The text of the resolution is the subject of ongoing discussions
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UNITED NATIONS, July 16. /TASS/. The UN Security Council member states have no common stance on a draft resolution proposed by Malaysia on setting up an international tribunal to find those responsible for the July 2014 MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine.

"We have received the draft resolution from the Malaysian delegation in which they propose that an international tribunal be established to try those allegedly responsible for causing the crash," Kurtis Cooper, a spokesperson for the US mission, told TASS.

"This text is the subject of ongoing discussions, so I’m not in the position to comment directly on the text. That said, we continue to fully support efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the shootdown of flight MH17," he said.

Thierry Caboche, a spokesperson for the French mission, said: "We fully support this draft resolution presented by Malaysia and are contributing positively to the ongoing discussions."

A source at the UN headquarters told TASS that the draft resolution is ready and the vote is due on July 21. Malaysia's UN Ambassador Ramlan Bin Ibrahim who presented the document on Tuesday said the work on the text is ongoing, adding he is not sure that the draft could be considered next week.

Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has dismissed the draft resolution saying it does not correspond to what really happened. He said the main idea of establishing the tribunal is irrelevant while the Netherlands continues investigating the crash.

The Malaysian Boeing MH17 crashed over Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. The plane was on its way from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Fifteen crewmen and 283 passengers, most of whom were Dutch, died. According to the main version, the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air or an air-to-air missile. The Ukrainian government and the militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) accused each other of what happened.

Meanwhile, the Russian Investigation Committee is inclined to believe that an air-to air missile, which was not made in Russia, shot down the Malaysian Boeing over Ukraine a year ago.

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