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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UN tribunal on MH17 would be useless

The Netherlands has asked the UN Security Council to appoint a UN tribunal to deal with the shooting down of flight MH 17. The centre-left daily De Volkskrant believes the request won't go anywhere and appeals for alternatives: "Why has the government chosen to act via the UN? Probably above all because this would be an easy way to sidestep legal obstacles. A UN resolution can force states - like Russia - to cooperate with the investigations. … But does this really require a full-blown UN tribunal? Not at all. In the last 20 years diverse 'hybrid' courts have been set up, like those on Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Cambodia and Lockerbie. A combination of national and foreign judges from different legal systems would be conceivable. The role of the UN can also vary. … However the Russian 'nyet' is an important factor. Any resolution by the UN Security Council can be slapped with a Russian veto."

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