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

Council of the EU
  • 17/07/2017
  • 07:00
  • Press release
  • 464/17
  • Foreign affairs & international relations
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Today, three years after the tragic downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014, the European Union and its Member States reiterate their deepest sympathy and respect to all those who lost their loved ones that day. The tragedy of flight MH17, in which so many lives were lost, remains a constant source of sorrow and sadness for the European Union.

The European Union and its Member states reiterate their full support to the work of the Joint Investigation Team and welcome the important progress made over the last year. As the Joint Investigation Team's work as regards individual suspects continues, it is crucial that the investigators can complete their work, independently and thoroughly. We welcome the steps taken by the countries involved to come to an effective prosecution, as well as their decision to opt for the Dutch national justice system embedded in international cooperation and support as an important step towards bringing those responsible for downing flight MH17 to justice.

To ensure that those responsible for the downing of MH17 are held accountable and brought to justice, the criminal investigation needs the continuing support of the international community. We expect all the States that are in a position to assist the investigation and prosecution of those responsible to do so, as demanded by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166.