NEW YORK: Malaysia will consider the option of prosecuting the party responsible for downing MH17 after completion of the probe being conducted by the Joint Investigation Team.
The team comprises the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia remained committed to seeking justice for victims of MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on July 17, 2014.
The tragedy killed 298 passengers and crew.
Speaking to the Malaysian media after chairing the UN Security Council high-level open debate on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction here, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the investigation at this stage was to determine the party responsible for bringing down MH17.
On Malaysia’s stand on the war in Syria which has dragged on for five years, he said Malaysia was concerned about the escalating military activities and the humanitarian crisis that followed the war.
“We condemn the random attacks and targeting of people and public infrastructure including medical personnel and facilities by both government and opposition forces.”
He said the use of chemical weapons as well as barrel bombs, as reported in the past few weeks, was alarming and must be denounced by the international community.
“We urge all parties to allow humanitarian organisations to get through and deliver medical aid to the besieged towns in Syria,” he said.
He said Malaysia also viewed seriously the exploitation and sexual violation of women and children by UN peace-keeping and international military forces posted at conflict zones.
Dr Ahmad Zahid is on a working visit to the United States until Aug 26 in conjunction with Malaysia’s presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of August.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Datuk Ramlan Ibrahim, were among those attending the meeting.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said member states collectively had an important role to play to minimise the risk of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
“I am particularly encouraged by the participation of over 60 member states in the open debate, which reflects the high level of interest by the international community, on this agenda.
“For far too long, discussions on non-proliferation of WMD have been linked with, and marred by slow progress towards real disarmament and zero proliferation.
“We need to continue deliberating on how our obligations can translate into actions and measures that would prevent from likelihood of a catastrophe.” — Bernama