UN Chief Calls Full Probe into Malaysia Plane Crash

New York, July 18 (QNA) – UN Security Council members and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the Malaysian airplane crash in Eastern Ukraine yesterday and for appropriate accountability.

The airplane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All the 298 passengers and crew, including 80 children, were killed. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was quoted by the UN News Center as saying that while the UN has at this point no independent verification of the circumstances regarding the tragic crash, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is alarmed at what seem to be “credible, numerous reports” that suggest that a sophisticated surface-to-air missile was used.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns this apparently deliberate downing of a civilian aircraft,” said Feltman. “This horrifying incident serves as the starkest reminder of how dire the situation in eastern Ukraine has become – and how it affects countries and families well beyond Ukraine’s borders.”
Both the Secretary-General and the Security Council have called for an international investigation into the incident. The Council, in a press statement, also stressed the need for all parties to grant immediate access by investigators to the crash site.

Feltman said the UN is fully ready to cooperate, and it has been in touch with the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has offered to Ukrainian officials its investigative capacity in order to put together an international team.

Among the casualties of the crash was a staff member of the World Health Organization (WHO), Glenn Thomas, who was on his way to an international AIDS conference in Australia. (QNA)

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