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    China Calls for MH17 Crash Investigation Based on UNSC Resolution

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    China’s Foreign Ministry stated that the investigation of the MH17 crash should be conducted in accordance with the UN SC resolution 2166, requiring a halt of all military activities around the crash area and ensuring the safety of all participants of the international investigation.

    China is supporting an investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight (MH17) in accordance with resolution 2166 adopted by the UN Security Council, the press service of the Chinese Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    The international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast in the east of Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

    In July 2014, The UN Security Council adopted resolution 2166, which contains the requirement to halt all military activities around the crash site, provide unrestricted access to the area as well as guarantee the integrity and safety of all members of the investigative team.

    "The crash of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane MH17 is a real tragedy. The Chinese side supports the idea of an independent, fair and objective investigation in accordance with resolution 2166 of the UN Security Council to bring the perpetrators to justice," the press service of the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated.

    Earlier, the countries most affected by the tragedy — Malaysia, Ukraine, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium – made a proposal to create an international tribunal, which would ensure a fair trial for the perpetrators.

    Malaysia recently submitted a draft resolution to establish the international tribunal. Russia does not support this initiative, as the investigation of the incident has not been yet completed and there have been no precedents for the creation of such institutions.


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