Report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 welcomed at UN

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Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine examine the MH17 crash site in July 2014. File Photo: OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka

The release of a report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 issued by the Dutch Safety Board has been welcomed by the United Nations chief.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the 298 victims of the air disaster and said from the very beginning, the United Nations had supported efforts to find out what happened to the downed airliner.

The report states that a missile brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing everyone on-board.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

Following the release of the report, the Secretary-General said he supported the need for a full investigation into the tragedy, while underlining that those found responsible must be held accountable.

The report says that MH17 was hit by a Buk missile as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur nearly 15 months ago.

Speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said the next step was to bring those responsible for the disaster to justice.

"We need to get perpetrators and bring them to the internationally-legal body, fully transparent, and of course fully accountable. And the idea about intentional tribunal we have been working on is exactly such an idea."

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) welcomed the release of the report and said would review its recommendations. The specialized UN agency had established a Task Force immediately following the disaster to look into the risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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