September 20th the ministers of Foreign Affairs of
Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands met in New York to
discuss the ongoing efforts to establish justice with regard to the downing of
flight MH17 on July 17 2014 which cost the lives of 298 people.
The ministers represent the countries whose investigation
authorities cooperate in the criminal investigation, which was called for in
UNSC resolution 2166 (2014).
The ministers recalled the demand by the Security Council,
in resolution 2166, and the determination of their own governments, that those
responsible for the downing be held accountable. They further recalled the
Security Council’s demand that all States cooperate fully with efforts to
In this regard, the ministers reiterated their strong
support for the international and independent investigation conducted by the
Joint Investigation Team, which will present its interim results on the 28th of
The ministers also discussed the progress made with regard
to a prosecution mechanism, given the veto in the UNSC in July 2015 for a
UN-tribunal. The countries remain fully committed to take effective measures to
hold those who are responsible to account. There must be justice for the
families and loved ones of those killed on MH17.