Statement on the eight-year anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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Belgium, along with the other members of the Joint Investigation Team, remains steadfast in its commitment to pursue truth, justice and accountability for the downing of Flight MH17. We have full confidence in the independent, open and impartial criminal proceedings against the alleged perpetrators in the Dutch National Prosecution and the state responsibility proceedings in the International Civil Aviation Organization. We urge all states and parties involved to cooperate fully with the proceedings in accordance with UNSC Resolution 2166 (2014). A thorough and exhaustive judicial process must be pursued to hold the perpetrators to account and pursue justice for the victims and next of kin of MH17.

We reiterate our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the downing of Flight MH17.  Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is no doubt a difficult and painful reminder to families and loved ones of the tragic circumstances surrounding the downing of Flight MH17. While nothing can bring back those who lost their lives, or diminish the grief and anguish suffered by their families and loved ones, it is imperative that we pursue accountability and ensure that such a tragic incident is never repeated. 

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