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Statement by Tánaiste on the fourth anniversary of the downing of flight MH17

Today, the fourth anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., remembers the 298 passengers and crew who lost their lives:


“Our thoughts today are with the victims and the bereaved.


“I want to commend the Joint Investigation Team for their independence, professionalism and impartiality and for their tireless efforts to establish accountability for these tragic deaths.


“We urge all states to cooperate fully with the investigation in accordance with the terms of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166 (2014) which called for those responsible to be held accountable.


“The victims and the bereaved deserve no less.” 



Note for editors:

  • Malaysian Airlines flight MH7 was downed over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 with the loss of 298 lives.
  • On 24 May 2018, the Joint Investigation Team examining the downing of the flight presented additional findings. It concluded that the BUK missile system used to bring down the Malaysian Airlines aircraft belonged beyond doubt to the armed forces of the Russian Federation.
  • The Irish Ambassador to the Netherlands will represent Ireland at the National MH17 Monument in Vijfhuizen this afternoon.