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Russia Introduces Draft Resolution to U.N. Over Flight MH17 After Rejecting Tribunal Proposal

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Russia has called for the U.N. to conduct a more comprehensive investigation into the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight that was downed in eastern Ukraine a year ago.

The move comes after Russia rejected a joint proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Ukraine for a U.N. tribunal to try MH17 suspects last month.

Now, with a newly issued U.N. draft resolution, Russia's proposal would "demand that the perpetrators of the aerial incident be brought to justice," Reuters reported.

The country's draft also includes a request for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to notify the council on "the steps that would enhance the role of the United Nations in support of the (safety) investigation."

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Both draft resolutions were discussed by the council's 15 members on Monday.

Gerard van Bohemen, New Zealand Ambassador and president of the council for July said the tribunal was a major factor in preventing discussion from moving forward.

"There was strong support in the room for the establishment of a tribunal. Russia of course has a different perspective on this."

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the country's decision to reject the tribunal was based on perceived duties of the United Nations' councils.

"[W]e believe it's not in the U.N. Charter, the U.N. Security Council is not supposed to be deal with situations like that," according to Reuters.

"We are against it," Russia Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov said of the tribunal, according to the Agence France-Presse. "We think it is not timely and counterproductive."

The U.N. Security Council aim to vote on their draft resolutions this month.

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed on July 17 2014 after it was shot down over the Ukraine. All 283 passengers, two-third of them Dutch, and 15 crew members were killed.

Sources: ReutersAFP via The Guardian

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