Check Against Delivery
We all remember July 17, 2014, the day when 298 innocent civilians on Flight MH17 lost their lives. The search for truth on what exactly happened on that tragic day reached a crucial milestone on March 9th, with the beginning of criminal proceedings in the District Court of The Hague. This marks a crucial step on the way towards truth, justice and accountability.
Germany has full confidence that the court will serve justice in accordance with the highest international standards. And we have supported the work of the Joint Investigation Team in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2166 since its inception. We applaud their work, professionalism and independence.
We welcome that the JIT and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service continue to implement Resolution 2166, and we call on all member states to constructively engage with the investigations and the legal proceedings to do their part in implementing this resolution.
We call particularly on Russia to collaborate with the proceedings to extradite the indicted persons and to ensure accountability. It is only when the truth is established, justice is served and those responsible for this terrible crime are held to account that the victims and their loved ones will find the peace they deserve.
Before concluding, let me finally make one more point on the current situation in Ukraine. Ukraine and the conflict area in its east are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the vulnerability of the population and a health system weakened by the conflict, this is of particular concern. It is all the more important that the ceasefire be fully observed in line with the appeals of the Secretary-General and inter alia German Foreign Minister Maas for a worldwide humanitarian ceasefire. We urge Russia to use its influence on the separatists to make this a reality and to avoid the suffering of innocent.