Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

Council of the EU
  • 17/07/2015
  • 9:00
  • Statements and remarks
  • 590/15
  • Foreign affairs & international relations
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The EU and its Member States recall the tragedy of flight MH17, which occurred on 17 July 2014, and renew their sympathy to all those who have lost their loved ones. We all remember what happened one year ago with sorrow and sadness. Acts of violence that threaten the safety of civil aviation are grave violations of international peace and security. Progress has been made with the repatriation and identification of the victims, the recovery of wreckage and the ongoing investigation into the downing of the airplane. Those directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of MH17 must be held accountable and brought to justice, in accordance with UNSC resolution 2166. In this respect the EU and its Member States fully support the ongoing efforts to establish a binding and credible prosecution mechanism.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, Montenegro* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this Declaration.  

* - Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.