FAC:s Ukraine peace plan, COE Congress delegation and UNSC vote on Malaysia Airlines.

  • The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday on MH17/ Ukraine/Russia/Gaza crisis.
  • At the United Nations, the Security Council is expected to vote today on a resolution, proposed by Australia, that condemns the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines jet and calls for an independent international investigation.
  • The Council of Europe Congress delegation’s high-level meeting to Ukraine comes to its conclusion during its high-level meeting to Ukraine on 17 and 18 July

This is a very difficult moment also and a very difficult situation for Israel, since it has been under attack by rockets.

In Ukraine: what’s happening is really grotesque and it is contrary to everything that President Putin and Russia said that they would do. There are reports of drunken separatist soldiers unceremoniously piling bodies into trucks, removing both bodies as well as evidence from the site.

U.S Secretary of state Kerry, appearing on five network news programs on Sunday, laid out a litany of findings that he said pointed to Russian involvement in support of the separatists who most likely shot down the airliner on Thursday, killing all 298 on board.

“The stability of large parts of Europe is at stake”, wrote Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, on Sunday.

Three things seem to be very imperative at this moment:

  • The first is to identify, apprehend and bring to justice those directly and indirectly responsible for this outrageous act.

The international community should not rest until that has been done. This includes trying to establish through an international commission a broad consensus on the facts of the case. The origin and the present whereabouts of the surface-to-air missile unit responsible for the outrage will be a critically important fact to establish. Russian co-operation or non-cooperation with this will be a test.

  • The second is to help and assist Ukraine in every way possible. We must understand that the Kremlin’s time perspective is different from ours.

The balance between their efforts to destabilise and our efforts to stabilise will be precarious for quite some time – not least on the economic and financial front.

  • The third is the need to end the conflict. Mr Poroshenko’s peace plan has the support of the EU, and provides a realistic basis for a political solution.

This requires Moscow not only to engage constructively with the effort to apprehend those responsible for the shooting down of MH17, but also to stop its propaganda campaign, end its extensive support of the separatists and accept that Ukraine is an independent, sovereign European country with the right to make its own decisions.

We welcome the fact that first steps have been taken of the new government, such as the election of mayors – despite these difficult circumstances – which are fully in line with Congress recommendations and clearly illustrate the government’s commitment in this respect.

  • But, “Reforms in Ukraine will not be able to be fully implemented until the problem of territorial integrity and its dramatic consequences are solved”,  The Council of Europe: Congress delegation´s high-level meeting to Ukraine comes to this conclusion on 18 July 2014 and of the major difficulties this country is going through.

update 21:08

U.N. Security Council votes unanimously Resolution of MH17. We owe it to the memory of those 298 victims to ensure that their remains are treated with dignity and respect. That is the purpose of Resolution 2166. This resolution requires the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site and the surrounding area to allow the bodies of the victims to be returned to their families as soon as possible. It is inexcusable that this process has been obstructed for the past 4 days.

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