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Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida - The crash of the Malaysian airliner
23 July 2014 10:47

I am deeply concerned that the separatists’ controlling of the crash site and the surrounding area continues to block the investigation. I would like to urge them to cooperate to secure access to the site of the crash by all relevant parties.

Foreign Minister Kishida: I am deeply shocked by the crash of the Malaysian airliner and the tragic loss of many lives. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Netherlands, Malaysia, and any other countries whose citizens were lost on this flight.

Though the cause of the crash has yet to be identified, it is highly likely that the Malaysian airliner was actually shot down. Hence, the international community needs to strongly condemn such flagrant acts. Those who were involved in the shooting down must take grave responsibility.

I am deeply concerned that the separatists’ controlling of the crash site and the surrounding area continues to block the investigation. I would like to urge them to cooperate to secure access to the site of the crash by all relevant parties. In this regard, I strongly condemn these separatists’ acts which violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and unity.

Any support to them should be immediately stopped as it will only worsen the situation. I would like to ask Russia to use its direct influence over the separatists and compel them to hold a talk with the Ukrainian government for a peaceful process and to cooperate with the international investigation of the incident.

I welcome the UN Security Council’s unanimous resolution on July 21 to call on all states and actors in the region to cooperate fully in relation to the international investigation of the incident, including with respect to immediate, full, and impeded access to the crash site. I call for all relevant parties to respect this resolution.

In response to your question on Japan’s cooperation, I understand that ICAO, OSCE and the Governments of Ukraine, the Netherlands and Malaysia, the last two of which suffered heavy casualties, are leading the investigation. I intend to cooperate on the investigation in concrete terms after serious consideration as to what specific contribution in which field Japan can make, while communicating with the relevant parties and consulting with them.

Communication with relevant parties aside, although Japan has not decided what kind of specific cooperation it will offer, we will continue close communication.

 

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