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DFA STATEMENT ON MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT MH17
19 July 2014


The Philippines condemns in the strongest manner the recent shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. We convey our profound condolences for all who perished in this tragedy. 

It is of utmost importance that the international community come together to help determine those who are responsible for this brutal act against a civilian airliner in civilian airspace.

Those responsible should be made fully accountable for this unconscionable assault on a non-military aircraft that posed no threat whatsoever to any party. 

It is, furthermore, essential that the international community take concerted action to help reduce such tragedies all around the world. States and non-state elements in dispute should exercise restraint, respect international law, and search for the peaceful resolution of disputes. END