MH17 Downing Violates International Law – World Leaders

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By Athena Yenko | July 29, 2014 10:42 AM EST

The congregation of Foreign Ministers of Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA), expressed their strong condemnation of the downing of MH17 as it is a serious violation of international law.

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Local residents light a candle for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev July 19, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence of "international crimes" as guerrillas and foreign observers faced off over access to the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner.

Through a joint statement, MIKTA underlined its full support of the   United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166 (2014) adopted on July 21, 2014 which calls for a full, thorough and independent international investigation on the scenario surrounding the downing of MH17.

"We strongly support the resolution's call on the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area to refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site. We underscore the importance of establishing the facts and bringing those responsible for this incident to be held accountable and that all States cooperate fully. The international investigation into the incident should be carried out promptly with the full support of international organizations such as the United Nations and particularly, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)," MIKITA members said in the statement.

According to the foreign ministers, the downing of MH17 exposed a serious threat to the safety of international civil aviation. Hence, they are calling for international cooperation among nations in safeguarding the navigation of civilian aircrafts. 

"We reiterate that the on-going Ukraine crisis should be resolved as soon as possible through peaceful means in accordance with international law and preserving the territorial integrity of Ukraine," the statement underlined.

The world leaders also expressed their condolences to the families and to the governments who lost their loved ones to the tragedy.

"We also extend our profound sympathies to the World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS and to the International AIDS Society (IAS) for the unfortunate death of their experts and researchers."

Meanwhile, The Lebanese Muslim Association expressed their condolences to the families of MH17 victims, wishes peace to the people in Gaza, Syria and Iraq as they celebrate Eid - the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The Muslims gathered at mosques located across the country Monday. A spokesman for the organisation said that their thoughts are with those people who are hurting during these very trying times.

The spokesman said that they could not fathom the reality that while they are living comfortably in Australia, other Muslims across the world are experiencing their worst nightmares in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Egypt and the Central African Republic.

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Local residents light a candle for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev July 19, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence of "international crimes" as guerrillas and foreign observers faced off over access to the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner.
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