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Ukraine Rejects 'Human Error' As Iran's Explanation For Downing Jetliner


Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine says attributing the shooting down of flight P752 to "human error" is not acceptable to Ukraine.

Dmytro Kuleba, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, on Tuesday said Iranian representatives have promised to visit Ukraine till the end of next week to discuss compensations for the downing of its airliner in January.

"I expect the Iranian side to confirm dates and members of the delegation this week. The meeting is very important to move forward and deliver justice," Kuleba wrote in a tweet.

Mohsen Baharvand, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran in Legal and International Affairs on Tuesday said that a delegation consisting of several organizations including the Civil Aviation Organization (CAO), the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Presidential Office, and the Judiciary headed by him will visit Ukraine on July 29.

Baharvand commented that the amount of the compensation has not been proposed by any of the parties yet and will be determined on the basis of international laws regarding such incidents.

Also speaking earlier at a briefing, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister said that Iran must explain the incident in detail. "In the modern world, just one person cannot simply take and shoot down a plane, even if this person is extremely cunning, talented and full of evil intentions. We must raise the question more broadly: not about human error, but in general about the functioning of the Iranian airspace control system," he said.

Ukraine wants to know if the system was functioning at the time of the incident, whether it functioned correctly, whether there was any interference in its activities, and the real reason for downing of a civilian plane over Iran, Kuleba told the reporters.

He added that Iran is expected to conduct a high-quality criminal investigation and bring all those responsible to justice. He underlined that "human error" as the cause of the downing of Flight P752 as Iran claims is not acceptable to Ukraine.

"First, Iran must admit its international legal responsibility for shooting down the Ukrainian plane. Second, Iran must apologize and provide assurance that such events will never happen again. Third, Iran must conduct a technical investigation in accordance with the requirements of the Chicago Convention. Fourth, Iran must conduct an impartial and independent criminal investigation and bring all the guilty to justice. I emphasize, all the guilty. Fifth, Iran must pay proper compensation," Kuleba said.

According to Kuleba, the procedure of reading data from the flight recorders from a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane downed near Tehran in January was carried out in France on Monday, July 20, in the presence of two Ukrainian experts and representatives of the other countries.

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