Five countries to discuss alternative tribunal for Boeing lost in Donbas
Responsible for the accident may appear before the court without the approval of UN
Ukraine, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium, and the Netherlands will discuss the creation of their own tribunal for Malaysia Flight 17 jet lost over Donbas territory during the UN General Assembly meeting next Tuesday, September 29, stated Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, New York Times.
The establishment of the tribunal by five countries present one of the alternatives to the international tribunal in the United Nations and now is in process of discussion.
Bishop noted that now a group of countries "have narrowed the options," and the creation of an international tribunal is the "next step."
"For the establishment of such a trial there are a number of options. I can assure you there are a number of international criminal lawyers who are working on this," she said.
Creating a court that does not require the approval of the UN, is possible within the framework of an agreement between countries, citizens of which were lost in the air disaster, Bishop explained.
Air liner Boeing-777 of Malaysian Airlines flying from Amsterdam - Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by militants on July 17, 2014 in Donetsk region. All on board - 298 people -were killed. Most of the passengers - 193 people - were citizens of the Netherlands. The Russian authorities have charged that the aircraft was allegedly shot down by Ukrainian military as a provocation, but international experts are inclined to believe that the cause of the accident was the rocket launched from air defense missile system "Buk", provided by Russian militants.
As it was reported, on July 29, UN Security Council was unable to adopt a resolution to establish an international tribunal to investigate the crash of Malaysian "Boeing", carrying out flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The ballot was lost due to one vote against from Russian representative Vitalii Churkin.
In total, resolution was supported by 11 members of UN Security Council, 3 abstentions, and only Russia has rejected the establishment of an international tribunal. Her voice was decisive, because the Russian Federation is a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
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