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At UN Security Council Lithuania urged not to politicise independent investigation into downing of MH17

Created: 2014.09.19 / Updated: 2014.09.30 20:23

At the meeting of the United Nations Security Council on 19 September Lithuanian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė urged to respect the memory of the victims of the catastrophe of MH17 and condemned any attempts to influence or interfere with the independent investigation conducted by the Dutch Safety Board.

“The Resolution of the United Nations Security Council on the investigation into the Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 catastrophe obliges that the independent investigation into this catastrophe should be carried out, the persons responsible for it should be identified and brought to justice. It is necessary to ensure that this Resolution should be implemented; this is our duty to the families of the victims”, stated Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė at the meeting. 

The Lithuanian Ambassador expressed support for the independent international investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 and noted that all the parties who had suffered losses, trusted the international investigation carried out under the supervision of the Netherlands and investigation's conclusions, therefore Russia’s suspicions about the credibility of the investigation seemed groundless. 

The Lithuanian Permanent Representative drew attention to the fact that the flow of weapons, heavy weaponry and fighters across the border from Russia, as well as the undeclared war against Ukraine, were the fundamental causes if this catastrophe. She expressed concern about the actions of the Russian-backed separatists which had impeded access to the catastrophe site, thus impeding its further investigation. 

During the meeting Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė also expressed concern about the constantly deteriorating situation of the Tatars in the Crimea and reiterated Lithuania's support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans when speaking at the meeting, underlined the independence of the investigation into the catastrophe conducted by the Dutch Safety Board. He informed that the final report on the investigation was expected to be published by summer of 2015. Australian  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop urged Russia to use its influence and to withdraw the armed groups from the site of the catastrophe, thus creating possibilities for experts to continue working on the site of the catastrophe. 

All the members of the United Nations Security Council emphasised the need for establishing accountability for the Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 catastrophe.

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