JIT foreign ministers reflect on MH17 disaster in New York

Today foreign ministers Marise Payne of Australia, Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah of Malaysia, Vadym Prystaiko of Ukraine, Alexander de Croo of Belgium and Stef Blok of the Netherlands met in New York to discuss their countries’ joint efforts to establish the truth about the downing of flight MH17, to achieve justice for the victims and their families, and to hold the perpetrators accountable.

During the meeting the ministers expressed their unconditional support for the Joint Investigation Team’s independent investigation and the prosecution of the suspects. They also emphasised that it is crucial to continue appealing to all countries, including Russia, to cooperate fully with the criminal investigation, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2166.

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok said, ‘I had a productive meeting with my colleagues from the JIT countries. We reaffirmed our dedication to establishing the full truth surrounding the MH17 disaster and achieving justice for the victims and their next of kin. We also reflected on the fact that it has now been five years since the downing of MH17, a sad milestone. We expressed our unconditional support for the JIT investigation and the prosecution of the four suspects by the Dutch public prosecutor. 

The ministers also looked ahead to the start of the trial of the four suspects on 9 March 2020 at the Justice Complex Schiphol. The criminal investigation into the involvement of other persons continues.