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Politician: problem of MH17 tribunal to be put up for voting at UN General Assembly

July 31, 2015, 0:17 UTC+3 KIEV
The press service of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said earlier Ukraine its "international partners" in the tribunal initiative were going over to a "plan B" in the pursuit of their objective
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KIEV, July 30. /TASS/. Problem of setting up an international tribunal to bring to trial the ostensible culprits of the MH17 crash in Donbass will be put up for consideration at the General Assembly of the UN, the far-right nationalist Andrei Porubiy, who is a deputy speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada said on Thursday in an interview with the Kiev-based Channel 5.

"There’s slightly any doubt the issue will be taken up at the UN General Assembly session where Russia won’t have the right to veto," he said. "A decision can be endorsed there by two-thirds of the votes and I don’t have practically any doubts the General Assembly will take it."

The press service of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said earlier Ukraine its "international partners" in the tribunal initiative were going over to a "plan B" in the pursuit of their objective. Along with it, Yatsenyuk did not clarify what specifically the plan presupposed.

On Wednesday, the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution on setting up the tribunal, as Russia used its right of veto.

A total of eleven members of the Council voted in favor of the motion and three countries - Angola, Venezuela and China - abstained from voting.

Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said in an explanation for the veto that a draft resolution of the Security on the MH17 tragic accident was devoid of any legal or case-related basis.

The incident involving MH17 could not be qualified as a threat to international peace and security, Churkin said, adding that the shooting down of a Russian Tupolev-154 jet by a Ukrainian naval missile over the Black Sea in the autumn of 2001, which killed all the passengers and crew aboard, did not entail the setting up of any tribunals.

Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 crashed over the zone of hostilities in southeastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 while performing a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Even a year after the incident many of its aspects remain vague, although it is clear that the jet was brought down either by an air-to-air or surface-to-air antiaircraft missile.

Prior to the crash, was diverted from its regular flight path into the zone of conflict by Ukrainian air controllers.

All the 288 people aboard died. The accident carried away lives of nationals of ten countries.

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