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Published:July 19th, 2015 11:47 EST

Ban Pays Tribute to Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

By SOP newswire3

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid today tribute to the victims who lost their lives a year ago aboard the "tragic " Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine.

As the international community marks this sombre anniversary, the Secretary-General`s thoughts are with the families of those who lost their loved ones. While the pain caused by this tragedy cannot be erased, the victims must be honoured by a collective effort to ascertain the truth about the incident and ensure that any persons determined responsible will be held to account, " says the UN Spokesperson in a statement.

The Secretary-General welcomes the progress made by the independent international investigation in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2166, adds the statement.

This anniversary is another stark reminder of the continuing dire situation in eastern Ukraine and the need to bring an urgent end to this conflict. " 

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