Representatives of Malaysia on Wednesday circulated a draft UN resolution on establishing an international tribunal to guarantee an independent trial for those behind the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine in July last year.
The document provides for establishing the tribunal in accordance with the UN Charter, referring to “action with respect to threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression” and providing for various kinds of sanctions against the offending state.
The council would “establish an international tribunal for the sole purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for crimes connected with the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014,” the draft text said.
The draft resolution describes the downing of the plane as “a threat to international peace and security” and decides that all states should cooperate fully with the tribunal.
The tribunal would be “an effective guarantee for an independent and impartial accountability process,” the draft resolution said.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier said the international court is the “best option” for prosecution but that there is also a “back-up plan” should the Russians block the proposal.