UNSC failed to adopt proposal to create tribunal on crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

Jul 30, 2015 12:00 IST

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 29 July 2015 was unable to adopt the resolution titled International Criminal Tribunal for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The adoption of resolution would have established an international tribunal to prosecute persons responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.

It failed to adopt the proposal after Russia vetoed the proposal. If one of the Council's five permanent members casts a negative vote on a resolution, the text cannot be adopted.

Remaining 11 members of the Council voted in favour of the draft resolution that was introduced by Malaysia’s Minister of Transport, Liow Tiong Lai. Angola, China and Venezuela abstained from voting.

The resolution would have urged the earliest possible finalization of the ongoing international technical investigation into the cause of the crash, in which 298 people died, and the criminal investigation. It would have requested Member States to work together in the Joint Investigation Team to continue to keep the Council fully and regularly informed of the progress of its.

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