No amnesty for MH17 attackers, UN agrees: Foreign Minister

The United Nations has decided to to support the Minsk political agreement, but has also clearly stated that the perpetrators involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 must not get amnesty, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said.

This is according to a tweet the Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted on Twitter.

The UN stated on its News Center that the United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution endorsing the 'Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements', which includes a cease-fire in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Council called on all parties to completely implement the measures.

The agreement in Minsk was finalized after negotiations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. It includes a paragraph that states pardon and amnesty will be provided for persons in relations to events that took place in certain parts of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine. This has caused quite a commotion in political circles in the Netherlands as well as among the relatives of the MH17 victims, who fear that this would mean amnesty for those responsible for the disaster.

Last week at the EU summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Mark Rutte got verbal confirmation from Ukrainian President Poroshenko that the perpetrators involved in the MH17 disaster is not included in the amnesty.