MH17: Liow presents case for tribunal

MH17: Liow presents case for tribunal

PETALING JAYA - The moment of truth is at hand at the UN Security Council as Malaysia presented its case for an international criminal tribunal to investigate the Flight MH17 disaster.

Leading the Malaysian team was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who arrived in New York to spearhead the delicate diplomatic task of seeking the support of the 15-member world body.

The draft proposal was tabled early this morning.

The resolution was sought by Malaysia and four other nations in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine.

Of the five, Malaysia is the only country represented in the current Security Council.

Earlier, Liow expressed hope that the Security Council would consider and adopt the resolution.

"The Security Council was united last year when it adopted a resolution condemning the incident and calling for a full, thorough and independent international investigation in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines.

"Resolution 2166, adopted days after the tragic downing of MH17, called on all states to co-operate fully in the international investigation and demanded that those responsible be held accountable.

"We are at the crossroads once again, as we call on the Security Council to remember this pledge.

"An ad hoc international criminal tribunal must be established," he said in a statement.

Russia has opposed the move for such a resolution, saying it feared this will be used as an elaborate excuse to blame the country.

The Star had reported that the resolution, initially scheduled to be tabled last week, was re-worked due to the Kremlin's resistance.

Liow reminded that the loved ones of the 298 people who perished in the tragedy continued to mourn their loss.

"Malaysia remains single-minded in urging the international community to take decisive action on this matter to ensure that the criminals who caused this tragedy are brought to justice," he said.

The Boeing 777 aircraft was downed over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on July last year. The majority of the 298 passengers were Dutch.

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