Foreign minister responds to results of MH17 investigation

‘Today, thanks to the excellent and painstaking work of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), we are a step closer to the truth behind the downing of flight MH17. My thoughts are now mainly with the victims’ next of kin, who continue to live with the loss of their loved ones after this terrible tragedy, which is once again all over the news. It will only be possible to speak about criminal responsibility once the final results of the investigation are in. Gradually the net is closing, as the investigation continues.

‘The support shown by the international community for the JIT’s work has been heartening for many of those involved. Today, I received messages of support from the EU, the UN, the US, the UK and Germany. Other countries and international organisations have also shown their appreciation and support for the JIT’s investigation. But we still have a long way to go. Today was an important milestone. The Public Prosecution Service will press on with its efforts to identify those responsible for the downing of MH17, and the government will remain fully committed to ensuring that they are brought to justice.

‘The JIT investigation is now focusing on individuals, and as soon as we know who the perpetrators are, we will turn our attention to what the implications are for individual countries. The Dutch government will not seek to complicate or influence the criminal proceedings in any way whatsoever. I emphatically call on all countries, including Russia, to carry out UN Security Council resolution 2166, which demands that those responsible be held to account and that all states cooperate in achieving this goal. No country is exempt from that obligation.’