Britain Joins Calls For MH17 Tribunal

Families of Australians lost in the plane crash laid wreath at the ceremony.
Families of Australians lost in the plane crash laid wreath at the ceremony.

Families of Australians lost in the plane crash laid wreath at the ceremony.

Britain on Friday joined a chorus of countries calling for a UN backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing flight MH17, as relatives remembered their dead in ceremonies on the first anniversary of the disaster. All 298 passengers and crew died on July 17 last year when the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, on a flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over rebel held east Ukraine during heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists. “Justice must be delivered for the 298 innocent people who lost their lives,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in in a statement. “That requires an international tribunal, backed by a resolution binding all UN member states, to prosecute those responsible.” Flags will fly at half mast in Netherlands Friday, as some 2,000 relatives and friends gather to mourn the victims of the disaster, while a national memorial ceremony was held in Canberra Australia. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled a plaque in memory of those killed, including 38 Australian citizens and residents. The UN Security Council has adopted resolution 2166 which demands those responsible “be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability.” Malaysia, the Netherlands and others have floated the idea of a UN backed tribunal, an idea to which veto-wielding Security Council member Russia is opposed to.

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