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Canada Iranian official pushes back at Canada as Flight PS752 talks start

23:05  19 october  2020
23:05  19 october  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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a group of people standing in the dirt: Wreckage from Flight PS752, which was shot down over Tehran on Jan. 8, killing all 176 people aboard. © Reuters Wreckage from Flight PS752, which was shot down over Tehran on Jan. 8, killing all 176 people aboard.

As a second round of talks gets underway between Ukraine and Iran on the destruction of Flight PS752, an Iranian official said today Canada has no part in the negotiations and called Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne "impolite."

Saeed Khatibzadeh, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, apparently took offence when Minister François-Philippe Champagne said recently that Canada will hold the Iranian "regime" to account.

"I am so ... sorry that the Canadian nation must witness such literature from such a foreign minister," said Khatibzadeh in Farsi today from Tehran.

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Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752 was shot down "unintentionally" shortly after taking off from Iran 's Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that, all told, 138 people on that flight were en Why were there so many Canadians on board? Canada is home to a large Iranian diaspora

Canada needs answers more than it needs payback - but Iran owes us those answers. "He also talked about the need for direct and real relationships with all different elements involved in the The tragedy of Flight PS 752 may yet require something more of Trudeau than simply standing firm on a

Earlier this month, Champagne joined Canadian victims' families protesting on Parliament Hill and said that Canada will not be "intimidated ever by an Iranian regime who would not want us to get to the bottom of this."

Ukraine's delegation, headed by its deputy foreign minister, is in Iran for three days of meetings that began today with Iranian officials and the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Three working groups are expected to discuss Iran's investigation, judicial process and compensation for the airline and victims' families.

Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, told CBC News earlier this month that Ukraine would be representing at the talks all five countries — Canada included — that lost citizens when Iranian military forces mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Jan. 8, killing everyone onboard.

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Canada claimed that the report merely confirms what they already knew and demanded Iran to answer more important questions. The Canadian officials also said that “The report only mentions what transpired after the first missile strike but not the second and only confirms information that we already

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Shevchenko said the Ukrainian delegation will be pushing Iran for answers, accountability and compensation for the airline and the victims' families.

Today, Khatibzadeh said Iran will not be dealing with Canada.

"Canada is not a conflicted party. The friendly Ukraine government and people are our conflicted party," said Khatibzaeh in Farsi.

"Our approach toward the Ukrainian plane is clear. It was a very bad tragedy. The Islamic Republic of Iran's responsibility is to fulfil the right of the victims and their families of this incident and fix it."

François-Philippe Champagne wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Transport Minister Marc Garneau attend a Flight PS752 rally on Parliament Hill with victims' families on Oct. 5, 2020. © Ashley Burke/CBC News Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Transport Minister Marc Garneau attend a Flight PS752 rally on Parliament Hill with victims' families on Oct. 5, 2020.

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The destruction of PS752 claimed the lives of 176 passengers — including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents.

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Ukraine has gone through one round of talks with Iran already. On Oct. 5, Shevchenko told CBC News that Iran asked his government to cut other countries out of the talks.

"I would be fair to say, yes, Iran has approached Ukraine with a proposal to deal with these issues bilaterally," Shevchenko told CBC News. "Our response is we prefer to deal with the situation all together, with all the countries involved. It's very important for us to have a joint position and speak [with] one voice."

Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the U.K. also lost citizens when PS752 went down. Canada spearheaded the International Coordination and Response group to put pressure on Iran to provide transparency and accountability in response to the crash.

Ukraine has launched a criminal investigation of the incident and the RCMP is assisting with the investigation, Canadian officials have said. The Canadian government announced this month it's also creating its own forensics and assessment team to "collect, organize and analyze all available information, evidence and intelligence" from Flight PS752.

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Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752 crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on its way to Kiev early Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board. Ukraine has sent investigators to Tehran and an inquiry is underway into what caused the crash.

The Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight PS 752 came down just minutes after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday local time Iran 's Civil Aviation Organization head, Ali Abedzadeh, said it would not hand the flight data recorders to Boeing or the United States after they were found on Wednesday.

Champagne's office said today the minister is "actively working with his international partners to advocate for thorough and credible investigations to uncover the causes and those responsible for this terrible tragedy."

"Canada will work tirelessly to ensure that the families of the victims can get the answers they deserve," said Champagne's press secretary Syrine Khoury in a media statement.

a group of people standing around a table: The second round of talks between Ukraine and Iran on Flight PS752 is underway in Iran. © CBC News The second round of talks between Ukraine and Iran on Flight PS752 is underway in Iran.

Hamed Esmaeilion — whose wife Parisa Eghbalian and her nine-year old daughter Reera Esmaeilion died on Flight PS752 — is the spokesperson for an association representing victims' families in Canada. He said Khatibzadeh's comments about Canada's position made him angry.

"I got really upset when I heard that this morning," he said. "I think they're not in a position to give Canada morality lessons."

He said he sees Khatibzadeh's comments as an attempt to divide the countries demanding transparency and justice from Iran.

Esmaeilion said Iran is trying to argue Canada has no right to be involved in the talks because it does not recognize dual nationality.

His association is urging the Ukrainian delegation to focus on holding Iran accountable and seeking justice before talking about compensation for families.

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Champagne rejected Iran's July report

Iran denied shooting down the Ukrainian aircraft for three days after the crash. As international pressure and evidence began to mount, Tehran admitted its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "mistakenly" shot down the jet just hours after Iran's forces fired missiles at Iraqi bases where U.S. troops were stationed.

That attack was retaliation for an American drone strike that killed a high-ranking Iranian military general in Iraq.

In July, Champagne rejected a report by Iran's Civil Aviation Organization claiming that human error was to blame for the jet's destruction.

That report stated that the IRGC had moved its surface-to-air missile battery and didn't properly reorientate it afterwards, causing it to fire in the wrong direction. The report also said a communication breakdown led those manning the missile battery to misidentify the commercial jet as a threat, and that they opened fired twice without getting approval from ranking officers.

Champagne also accused Iran of "stalling" when it waited for roughly seven months to send the plane's black boxes to Paris for download and analysis. Iran's Civil Aviation Organization's preliminary report in August said that the flight recorders captured only 19 seconds of the cockpit conversation after the first missile strike — it did not reveal details of what that recording captured. A second missile hit the plane 25 seconds later, according to Iran.

Several Canadian cabinet ministers, including Champagne, said the report provided only "limited and selected information" and demanded that Iran explain why the airspace over Tehran was kept open on a night of heavy military activity, and why the missiles were launched in the first place.

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