Five nations want Iran to deliver justice on downed plane

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (AP) – The countries whose citizens were killed when Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner said on Friday they want Iran “to deliver justice and make sure Iran makes full reparations to the families of the victims and affected countries”.

In a joint statement marking the one-year anniversary of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crash, Ukraine, Canada, Britain, Afghanistan and Sweden said they want Tehran “to provide a complete and thorough explanation of the events and decisions that led to this appalling plane crash”.

Sweden earlier had said that Iran had agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims.

The shoot-down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard happened the same night Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targetting United States (US) soldiers in Iraq, its response to the American drone strike that killed Guard General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3.

The plane was en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. The victims included 57 Canadian citizens as well as 11 Ukrainians, 17 people from Sweden, four Afghans and four British citizens. Those from Sweden included both Swedish nationals and people with staying permits in the Scandinavian country.

At first, Iran had denied its involvement in the plane crash but then announced that its military had mistakenly and unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner.

The statement was signed by ministers of Afghanistan, Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

This file photo shows debris littering the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. PHOTOS: AP