1 Aug 2015

UN Security Council 'failed' MH17 victims

1:33 pm on 1 August 2015

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says the Security Council still offers the best chance of justice for the families of victims of Flight MH17, the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine a little over a year ago.

All 298 passengers and crew were killed

Wreckage of MH17

Wreckage of MH17 Photo: AFP

New Zealand chairs the Security Council, which this week considered a bid for a tribunal to be set up to investigate who was responsible, but Russia used its veto.

After the vote, Mr McCully said the UN had failed the victims.

He told TV3's The Nation countries investigating the crash could hold a tribunal in other jurisdictions, but they would not have the teeth of the Council.

180714. Photo RNZ. Foreign Minister Murray McCully talking with media about the Mayalsia Airlines MH17 flight.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully Photo: RNZ

"We had a bad day in the Security Council today - we may find that plan B takes us outside the Security Council process, but we don't want to leave for too long the discussions that need to occur about where we go from here."

Mr McCully remained hopeful of a Security Council inquiry, saying Russia in its veto cited the fact it was awaiting a report on the incident due in October.

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