Luxembourg's appeal to Russia
Luxembourg's Jean Asselborn has called on Russia to use its influence on illegal armed groups in Ukraine to allow a full investigation into the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash.
Speaking at the Security Council of the United Nations in New York, on Monday, the Foreign and European Affairs Minister criticised the behaviour of illegal armed groups at the disaster site in Donetsk and ordered them to comply with Security Council requirements by refraining from any activities which could “compromise the integrity of the site” and immediately cease military activities in the area.
The meeting saw members unanimously adopt resolution 2166 (2014), condemning in the strongest possible terms the attack that brought down the plane on July 17, 2014.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Luxembourg which lost four residents in the disaster, which claimed a total 298 lives. It asks all countries and stakeholders in the region to cooperate fully in the implementation of an exhaustive international survey and thorough and independent investigation into the incident, according to the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation.
It also demands an immediate halt to all military activity, including by armed groups, in the immediate vicinity of the crash site to allow investigation groups access and it asks that those responsible for the incident come forward.
Minister Asselborn expressed his sincere condolences to the families and relatives of all those who were killed in the flight, on behalf of the people and the Government of Luxembourg.
He went on to insist that everything must now be done to ensure the resolution is fully implemented.
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