ULAANBAATAR (Mongolia) – Leaders attending the 11th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM)
Summit on Saturday said those responsible for the downing of MH17 two years ago
must be held accountable and brought to justice.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the leaders
wanted action to be taken in accordance with the United Nations Security Council
resolution 2166 (2014).
“The MH17 tragedy was included in the Chair’s statement. Leaders want
justice to be done,” he told the Malaysian media at the end of the two-day ASEM
in the Mongolian capital.
In the Chair’s statement issued at the end of the Summit, which was attended
by leaders from 51 European and Asian countries, they renewed their sympathy to
all those who had lost their loved ones.
“Such acts of violence threaten the safety of civil aviation,” the statement
said. A total of 298 innocent people, including 196 from the Netherlands, were
on board the Boeing 777 aircraft which was shot down enroute to Kuala Lumpur
from Amsterdam. None survived.
MH17 was shot down while cruising at an altitude of 30,000 ft and crashed in
an area of tension in Ukraine, near the Russian border.
Last year, chairman of Dutch Safety Board, Tjibbe Joustra, confirmed that it
was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine.
The report came out after 15 months of investigation undertaken by a joint
team from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia, United Kingdom, United
States and Russia.
Zahid also said that the matter was discussed during his meeting with the
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte here on Friday.
He said both countries committed to bring to justice those responsible for
the downing of the MH17 flight, adding that investigations were ongoing and they
hoped those responsible would be brought to court.