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The Minsk-II agreement and flight MH17

Reply to Written question | Doc. 13786 | 06 May 2015

Committee of Ministers
Adopted at the 1226th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (28-29 April 2015). 2015 - Third part-session
Reply to Written question
: Written question no. 681 (Doc. 13723)
1. The Committee of Ministers considers that under no circumstances could those responsible for downing the Malaysian Airlines aircraft on 17 July 2014 benefit from any amnesty whatsoever. It points out, in this respect, that UN Security Council Resolution 2166 (2014) demanded that those responsible be held to account for their actions and called on all States to co-operate fully with efforts to establish accountability. Furthermore, the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation requires States Parties to prosecute or extradite anyone who commits crimes defined in the Convention.
2. During examination of the Honourable Member’s question, the delegation of Ukraine informed the Committee of Ministers that anyone who committed a serious crime, including those responsible for destroying the Malaysian Airlines aircraft, would not benefit from an amnesty. It also indicated that the categories of persons able to benefit therefrom would be carefully defined in strict compliance with Ukrainian legislation.