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Ukraine: Air Disaster

Ukraine: Air Disaster

Published on July 18, 2014
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic after meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister and Russian President

Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic after meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister and Russian President

Paris, 20 July 2014

The President spoke to the Australian Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister and Russian President this evening, after speaking to the German Chancellor and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on the telephone this morning.

He shared with Messrs Abbott and Renzi a concern for getting a reliable, unrestricted, detailed investigation into the tragedy of flight MH17.

He spoke to Mr Putin about this imperative and urged him to use all his influence to get the Ukrainian separatists immediately to stop hampering the investigation and assistance and hand over the black boxes to the appropriate authorities. There is nothing to be gained by
confusion.

He also urged him to respond to this critical situation by finally getting concrete progress on the resolution of the conflict through a ceasefire, the release of hostages and border control.


Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic (Abidjan, July 17, 2014)

I was extremely shocked to learn that a Malaysia Airlines airliner, on the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur route, has crashed on Ukrainian soil.

France calls for no stone to be left unturned in order to shed light on the circumstances which caused this tragedy.

I express my total solidarity with the passengers’ loved ones in the ordeal they are going through.

The French authorities, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Crisis Centre in particular, are actively engaged in gathering all information about this tragedy and the nationalities of the passengers.

The government has advised national airlines to avoid flying over Ukraine.


MH17 crash: France is ready to contribute to the investigation

Joint communiqué issued by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and M. Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries

Paris, July 18 2014

After the crash of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine carrying 298 people, no stone must be left unturned in order to shed light on the causes of this tragedy.

France is ready to contribute to the international effort to determine the circumstances of flight MH17’s crash in Ukraine.

The Bureau d’enquêtes et d’analyses (BEA) (1), in coordination with its European counterparts, has designated two experts who are ready to take part in an international investigation. The BEA is prepared to make its laboratory’s technical resources available to the investigation, particularly as regards reading the flight recorders (“black boxes”).

(1) French authority responsible for safety investigations into civil aviation incidents.

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