UNSC unanimously passes Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 resolution

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution concerning the July 17 crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 passenger airplane in eastern Ukraine.

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution concerning the July 17 crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 passenger airplane in eastern Ukraine.

The draft resolution was submitted to the UN Security Council by Australia. It includes parts of an appropriate document drafted by Russia.

The 15-member UN SC condemned in the strongest terms the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July in the Donetsk region and stressed "the need for a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines."

The UN SC demanded "that all military activities, including by armed groups, be immediately ceased in the immediate area surrounding the crash site to allow for security and safety of the international investigation."

UN SC Resolution 2166 also demands "that those responsible for this incident be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability."

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was downed on July 17 in the Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard the aircraft are dead. There were 198 citizens of the Netherlands, 43 Malaysians, including 15 crewmembers and two children, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, including one child, 10 citizens of the United Kingdom, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos, one Canadian and one New Zealander aboard the aircraft.

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