(Ottawa) A group of countries led by Canada announced, on Thursday, a move against Iran to demand compensation from the families of the victims of the Ukrainian Boeing plane that was shot down by Tehran on January 8, 2020.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 from Tehran to Kiev has crashed with 176 people on board, mostly Iranians and Canadians, many of whom are dual nationals.
Three days later, the Iranian armed forces admitted that they had shot down the plane “by mistake.”
Canada, Ukraine, UK and Sweden
In a joint statement, Canada, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Sweden said Iran’s “actions and omissions” in the tragedy “constitute violations of international law.”
“Our plea states that our countries, citizens and residents of flight PS752 have suffered severe and irreversible harm as a result of the tragedy and that Iran must fulfill its legal responsibility to provide full redress.”
And they call on Iran to “cooperate” with them “to set a date to officially start negotiations on compensation.”
A separate joint statement said Afghanistan was part of this “coordination group” set up by Canada after the tragedy, but that it would not participate directly in future negotiations given its internal situation.
Iranian report doubted
Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization noted in its March final report that on the day of the crash, Iran’s air defenses were on high alert after a missile was launched from the Islamic Republic on an Iraqi base housing US soldiers to retaliate against the powerful Iran. Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in an American strike in Baghdad a few days ago.
Ukraine denounced a “cynical attempt to conceal the true causes” of the tragedy, and Ottawa said the report was “incomplete” and without “compelling evidence”.
Ottawa, Kiev, London and Stockholm demand Iran “fair compensation for material and moral damages caused to the victims and their families, regardless of nationality and in an amount consistent with its obligations under international law.”
They also demand to “admit the mistake” that was committed, and to provide a full report on the events […]A public apology, the return of lost and stolen property belonging to the victims, the assurance of non-repetition in the most concrete terms (and) transparency of criminal proceedings in accordance with the rule of law.”