We are shocked by the crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and the tragic loss of so many lives. The circumstances must be clarified without delay and the international investigation must shed full light on this tragedy. The U.N. Security Council has endorsed this investigation, (see UNSC statement) and we will hold all its members — including Russia — to their word.
World leaders call for an immediate and thorough investigation into the causes of the crash. The facts and responsibilities need to be established as quickly as possible. The European Union will continue to follow this issue very closely.
Here a Joint statement by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, on the crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.
On behalf of the European Union, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Prime Ministers of the Netherlands, Malaysia, to the governments of all other affected nations, and to the families of the victims.
Obama called it a “global tragedy,” Statement by the President on UkraineOn board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. Investigators need to access the crash site. And the solemn task of returning those who were lost on board the plane to their loved ones needs to go forward immediately, said the President.
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, said: Those responsible, directly and indirectly, for the shooting down of MH17 must be identified,apprehended and brought to justice.
Russia, these pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine all have the capacity to put an end to the fighting, and take the path that would result in peace and strengthen their democracy.
Read following UN Security Council press statement, on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, issued 18th july 2014 by Security Council press