UN fails to adopt resolution to punish Malaysian aircraft crisis

UN fails to adopt resolution to punish Malaysian aircraft crisis

August 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

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