Five-Nation Treaty For Tribunal Over Downed Flight MH17 In The Works

Five-Nation Treaty For Tribunal Over Downed Flight MH17 In The Works

NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Bernama) — Malaysia may sign a treaty with four other nations to set up an independent tribunal to try people responsible for last year’s downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a meeting was held among leaders of the five nations on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly here to pursue the matter after Russia had vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to set up a tribunal.

“I met with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the President of Ukraine, the Prime Minister of Belgium and the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. We discussed alternative measures because we (Malaysia) promised the world, particularly the families of the victims, that we will seek justice,” he told a news conference at the conclusion of his working visit in New York.

Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, then left for Milan for a working visit to Italy.

The Prime Minister said that though the move to set up the tribunal under the auspices of the UN failed due to the Russian veto, Malaysia regarded the initiative as a moral victory because a majority of the UNSC members had supported the resolution.

— BERNAMA