UN Security Council wants probe of Ukraine crash

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, third left, chairs a Security Council meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane an act of terrorism and called for an international investigation into the crash. Poroshenko insisted that his forces did not shoot down the plane. From right, Ukrainian Defense MInister Valery Heletey, Head of the Security Council Andriy Parubiy, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Petro Poroshenko, parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov. (AP Photo/Presidential Press Service, Mykola Lazarenko)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has approved a statement calling for “a full, thorough and independent international investigation” of a downed Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.

The press statement expresses the council’s “deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and governments of all those killed in the crash.”

Council members stood in a moment of silent tribute to the 298 victims at the start of an emergency council meeting Friday morning.

The council called for an investigation “in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines and for appropriate accountability.”

It stressed the need for “immediate access by investigators to the crash site to determine the cause of the incident.”

The jetliner was shot down Thursday as it flew high above separatist-held territory.


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