UN fails to adopt resolution to punish Malaysian aircraft crisisAugust 1, 2014 0 comments
The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a resolution that would have established an international tribunal for the purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for crimes connected with the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, following use of the veto by the Russian Federation, a permanent member.
The draft resolution, presented by the Minister for Trans-port of Malaysia on behalf of the Joint Investigation Team (Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands and Ukraine), received 11 affirmative votes, three abstentions (Angola, China and Venezuela) and one negative vote (Russian Federation). Had it passed, the Council, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, would have adopted the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and demanded that all States and other actors refrain from acts of violence against civilian aircraft. It would have called on all States and actors in the region to accord full cooperation in the conduct of the international investigation of the incident, as required by resolution 2166 (2014). By other terms, the Council would have requested the Joint Investigation Team to continue to keep the Council fully and regularly informed of progress, and urged the earliest possible finalization of the international technical investigation into the cause of the crash, and the criminal investigation.
– Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief