London, June 3 (MNN) The UK along with Canada, Ukraine and Sweden on Thursday delivered a notice of claim against Iran regarding the downing of a Ukraine airlines flight.
“We, the Ministers representing Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, today delivered a notice of our claim against the Islamic Republic of Iran, in relation to the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752),” said the joint statement issued by the International Coordination and Response Group.
“Iran’s actions and omissions amount to breach of international law. Our claim states that our respective countries, nationals and residents on board flight PS752 were seriously and irreversibly harmed by the tragedy and Iran must fulfil its legal responsibility to make full reparations to the group of states.”
The group also said that they have made a series of demands that include, but is not limited to, an acknowledgement of wrongdoing and a full accounting of the events that led to the downing, a public apology, the return of missing and stolen belongings of the victims, assurances of non-repetition in the most concrete terms, transparency in the criminal prosecutions in accordance with the rule of law.
It also demanded equitable compensation for material and moral damages suffered by the victims and their families regardless of nationality and in an amount consistent with its obligations under international law.
“We now call on Iran to work with us to set a date to formally begin negotiations on reparations. As always, we stand in solidarity with the loved ones of the victims of PS752, who continue to grieve their profound loss.”
Ukraine Airlines international passenger flight from Tehran to Kyiv, operated by Ukraine International Airlines, was shot down on January 8, 2020, shortly after take-off from the Tehran Airport by Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, killing all 176 passengers and crew.