Statement to the Security Council by Pascal BUFFIN on the adoption of a draft resolution on Malaysia Airlines MH17

date: 21 July 2014

Statement to the Security Council by Pascal BUFFIN
Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Kingdom of Belgium to the United Nations

on the adoption of a draft resolution on Malaysia Airlines MH17 under agenda item “Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136)”

New York, 21 July 2014


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Mr. President,

Thank you for giving me the floor and for allowing me to explain the position of the Belgian government with regard to the resolution that was adopted today and which Belgium decided to cosponsor.

Last Friday, in front of this Council, Belgium already supported the Australian proposal for a Security Council resolution. We are very grateful to Australia for preparing the text that was adopted today and would like to thank all countries that expressed support for it. 

Mr. President,

Belgium has condemned, in the strongest terms, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Belgium repeats its call of last Friday for an immediate, full, thorough and independent international investigation, led by Ukraine and in close coordination with the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Despite some recent positive developments, Belgium remains very concerned about the continued lack of full access to the crash site. Belgium is deeply disturbed about the reports of representatives of armed groups meddling with wreckage, equipment, debris, personal belongings or remains.

Our first priority now must be the identification and repatriation of the bodies of the victims. We demand that this is done in a dignified, respectful and professional manner. Belgium stands ready to support all efforts in this regard.

We call on all parties, especially those in the region, to use their influence on the actors on the ground to allow for immediate access and the start of the international investigation. The adoption by consensus of this resolution should contribute to this. We also call for international and regional cooperation and commend in particular the OSCE for the constructive role it has played so far.

Mr. President,

Today is Belgium’s national holiday, but our nation is still in mourning for the six Belgians who lost their lives in this terrible incident and for all victims, wherever they call home. Our special thoughts and sympathy go to the families and friends of the 193 victims of the Netherlands, a country that is particularly close and dear to us.

I thank you.