Ministers from 5 nations who misplaced residents when a passenger jet was shot down over Tehran have known as on Iran to just accept “full responsibility” and compensate the victims’ households.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab joined his counterparts from Canada, Ukraine, Sweden and Afghanistan for a gathering of the International Coordination and Response Group at Canada House in central London on Thursday.
A press release issued by the ministers following the assembly outlined 5 key parts they mentioned would “guide our engagement” with the Iranian authorities.
This included making certain “Iran assumes full responsibility for the downing of flight PS752 and recognises its duties towards the families of the victims and other parties – including compensation”.
They known as for a “thorough, independent and transparent international investigation” into the crash, open to “grieving nations” and ruled by the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
They additionally demanded “accountability” for these accountable for downing the plane, via an “independent criminal investigation followed by transparent and impartial judicial proceedings”.
The 5 nations additionally known as for “full and unhindered access” for their officers in Iran to offer consular providers and that the identification and repatriation of victims was dealt with with “dignity” and in response to the desires of their households.
Present on the assembly with Mr Raab had been Canada’s minister of international affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne, Ann Linde, Sweden’s minister of international affairs, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s minister of international affairs and Idrees Zaman, appearing international minister for Afghanistan.
Stef Blok, minister of international affairs for the Netherlands, additionally attended.
Speaking to the press after the assembly, Mr Champagne provided ministers’ “deepest condolences” to the victims’ households and family members.
“We are here to pursue closure, accountability, transparency and justice for the victims,” he added.
Mr Champagne mentioned the “horrific tragedy” had produced “many, many questions” and “families want answers”.
“The world is waiting for those answers and we will not rest until we get them,” he mentioned.
Earlier, the international ministers took half in a solemn candle lighting ceremony at Canada House in reminiscence of the crash victims.
All 176 folks, together with 4 British nationals, on board the Ukrainian International Airlines flight from Tehran to Kyiv had been killed when the plane got here down moments after take-off final week.
The majority of the plane crash victims had been Iranians or Iranian-Canadians.
British residents Sam Zokaei, Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi and Mohammad Reza Kadkhoda Zadeh had been recognized as among the many useless.
After initially denying claims it was accountable, Iran has since admitted unintentionally taking pictures down the plane.
Mr Champagne mentioned that to make sure the standard and commonplace of the investigation, the grieving nations had been calling for worldwide consultants to take part “in all aspects” of the probe, together with identification of stays.
He mentioned: “Today is the day for answers.
“I believe should you had been to speak to the households of the victims and their family members what they’ve is grief and anger they usually need us to face for them, like we are doing at the moment to hunt reality and justice.
“I’d suppose at the moment is not the day to assign blame. It is a day for us to work collectively to make sure they’d have answers.”
He mentioned the Iranian authorities has accepted full duty which comes with penalties “and that is what we will be pursuing.”
Mr Champagne described Iran’s acceptance of full duty as “a good first step” however mentioned there are nonetheless varied points, together with compensation, that must be resolved.
He mentioned the investigation will make clear who dedicated the tragedy and how it was in a position to occur. The world expects “full cooperation” in each facet of consular providers, when it comes to identification of the stays, within the investigation and within the prosecution of these accountable.
On Iran’s enrichment of uranium, Britain’s international minister Andrew Murison mentioned: “We want to keep the JCPOA alive.”
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, identified generally because the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an settlement on the Iranian nuclear programme.
He mentioned that “we need to resolve this dispute” including that he needs Iran to “come back into JCPOA so that we can get back on track”.
Mr Champagne warned that the “international community is watching” Iran’s actions in mild of claims it’s enriching uranium.