Check Against Delivery
It has been almost six years since 298 innocent lives were lost in the tragic downing of flight MH17. On behalf of the current and previous European Union members of the Security Council - Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany and Poland, our thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones, and we continue to share their grief.
The start of the criminal trial on 9 March in the District Court of Hague marks an important milestone towards establishing truth and justice for the victims and their families, as well as towards holding those responsible for the downing of Flight MH17 to account.
We welcome the legal proceedings of the Dutch judiciary, which are based on the work of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), and we express our full confidence in their independence, impartiality and professionalism.
It is unfortunate, that so far, the Russian authorities have not cooperated fully with the independent investigation of the JIT. As the criminal investigation of the JIT continues, we recall all States, particularly the Russian Federation, of their obligations under UNSC Resolution 2166, and to cooperate fully with the international investigation.