09:51 Jul. 18, 2016
Two years ago the MH17 heading from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur was downed by Russian-backed militant forces in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board
The permanent representatives to the UN of Australia, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine, on behalf of their governments, have issued a joint statement on the second anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in Donbas.
"The countries recalled their full commitment to take effective measures to bring to justice the persons who are responsible, noting the importance of accountability in preventing future attacks on civil aircraft," the statement reads.
The countries restated their "deep sympathy and condolences to the families of victims of this tragic event and to all grieving nations".
The five nations also recalled the demand by the UN Security Council that those responsible for this incident be held accountable, reiterated their commitment to achieving that objective, and further recalled the Security Council's demand that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability.
"In that regard, the countries noted the independent technical investigation into the cause of the downing by the Dutch Safety Board, that was conducted in full compliance with ICAO Standards, and its report published on 13 October 2015," the statement reads.
They also noted the ongoing criminal investigation conducted by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
Two years ago, July 17, 2014, the Malaysian plane MH17 heading from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur was downed by Russian-backed militant forces near the town of Torez (Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine), killing all 298 people on board.
The vast majority of them - 194 passengers - were citizens of the Netherlands, 38 - Australian citizens.
Criminal investigations are still ongoing but the Dutch Safety Board has determined the plane was targeted by a Russian-made warhead launched off a surface-to-air-missile system Buk by pro-Russia separatists in a conflict zone of Ukraine near the Russian border.
Reporting by UNIAN