United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166

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UN Security Council
Resolution 2166
Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRD Malaysian (6658105143).jpg
Boeing 777 that was shot down, 2011
Date 21 July 2014
Meeting no. 7,221
Code S/RES/2166 (Document)
Subject Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Approved
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166, concerning the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, was sponsored by Australia[1] and adopted unanimously on 21 July 2014. The resolution expressed support for the "efforts to establish a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines" and called on all United Nations member states "to provide any requested assistance to civil and criminal investigations".[2]

Preparation[edit]

The resolution was drafted on 18 July, put into circulation on 19 July and agreed the next day.[1] Russia, a permanent member with a veto right, supported the resolution after negotiations led to some text changes, including terming the incident as "downing" of the aircraft instead of "shooting down".[3]

Voting rationales[edit]

Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev cited evidence that armed groups had carried away belongings of victims and tampered with evidence on the crash site.[3] He accused the pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine of committing three crimes of downing the aircraft, mistreating the bodies and hampering the investigation. Sergeyev said that there was evidence of pilfering of the remains.[3] Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said he voted in favour as he supported a swift and thorough investigation.[3] He stressed that there could be no jumping to conclusions or accusations.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MH17: Inside the process behind the UN Security Council vote on Australian-sponsored resolution". ABC Online. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Resolution 2166 (2014)". United Nations. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "MH17: UNSC unanimously adopts resolution for intl probe". First Post. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 

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