PETALING JAYA - Malaysia and other countries whose citizens were killed in the downing of MH17 want the United Nations Security Council members to support their call for the setting up of an international criminal tribunal.
In urging the council to form the tribunal so that those responsible could be tried, Malaysia said this would be the best means of ensuring justice for the victims and their loved ones.
"Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine consider an independent international criminal tribunal set up by the council as reflecting the highest international standards.
"It will also be an appropriate response to the fact that the incident and the related implications for the safety of civil aviation affect the interests of the international community as a whole.
"The five countries are working to secure the support of the council members for the tribunal," said Wisma Putra in a statement yesterday.
The Foreign Ministry said the setting up of a tribunal would send a clear message that the international community will not tolerate acts that threaten international peace and security.
"A tribunal will ensure broad international support for prosecutions and will maximise the prospects of securing international co-operation, which will be necessary for an effective prosecution.
MH17, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, was shot down while flying over eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year. All the 298 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777-200 perished.
Following the tragedy, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2166 to demand responsible parties to be held accountable, and that all states co-operate to establish accountability.