•   
  •   
  •   

Canada Canada, allies condemn Iran snub of negotiations with victims' families for PS752

18:32  06 january  2022
18:32  06 january  2022 Source:   msn.com

2021 year in review: B.C.’s political newsmakers of the year

  2021 year in review: B.C.’s political newsmakers of the year This is a compilation of some of the people who stood out politically in B.C. in 2021 and made headlines for their actions and decisions.These are some of those that stood out politically in B.C. in 2021.

OTTAWA — Canada and its allies are accusing Iran of snubbing the families of those killed when its military shot down a passenger jet two years ago by refusing to negotiate a settlement.

  Canada, allies condemn Iran snub of negotiations with victims' families for PS752 © Provided by The Canadian Press

The joint condemnation Thursday by Canada, Britain, Sweden and Ukraine comes after Iran ignored a Wednesday deadline by the coalition of countries to negotiate a settlement for the Jan. 8, 2020 disaster that saw Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly and her counterparts called the snub an "affront" to the loves ones of the 176 people on board  who were killed on the plane, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents, along with nationals of Britain, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Sweden.

Year in review: A look at news events in October 2021

  Year in review: A look at news events in October 2021 A look at news events in October 2021: 1 - An experimental COVID-19 pill developed by pharmaceutical company Merck reportedly reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the virus. The study results were released by the company and had not been peer reviewed. 1 - Toronto police said they would charge former Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard with multiple counts of sexual assault. The charges were announced as Nygard was in a Winnipeg court for an extradition hearing related to different charges. Nygard consented to being extradited to the United States, where he was facing charges in New York for sexual assaults.

They said they have tried repeatedly to negotiate with Iran but now find those efforts to be futile, so they will pursue other avenues in international law.

The coalition of countries, which calls itself the International Co-ordination and Response Group, had last month given Iran a deadline of Wednesday to come to the bargaining table and negotiate compensation for the victims' loved ones.

"Iran is now categorically rejecting any further negotiations with the Group related to our collective demand for reparations. As reparations are owed to the affected states, this matter must be discussed collectively, so that all victims are treated fairly and equally," says the joint statement issued on Thursday..

"We will never forget this senseless loss of life and stand in solidarity with the victims’ families. They deserve transparency, justice and accountability for this reprehensible tragedy."

Conflict in Ukraine: Joe Biden assures Kiev that the United States "will respond energetically" to a Russian invasion

 Conflict in Ukraine: Joe Biden assures Kiev that the United States Joe Biden assured to have warned the Russian President against an attempt to invade Ukraine. 'A Telephone Interview Thursday Last © China New / Sipa Joe Biden at the White House, November 19, 2021.

The group says it is now clear that Iran is avoiding its international legal responsibilities and needs to "make full reparations for its actions. We will not stand for this affront to the memories of the 176 innocent victims," says the joint statement.

“Despite our best efforts over the past two years and multiple attempts to resolve this matter through negotiations, the Coordination Group has determined that further attempts to negotiate with Iran on reparations for the destruction of Flight PS752 at this time are futile."

Hamed Esmaeilion, whose wife and nine-year-old daughter died in the tragedy, has said Iran's latest inaction should come as no surprise, and called on Canada and its allies to refer the matter to the International Civil Aviation Organization for more aggressive action toward Iran.

"This case should have gone to ICAO a long time ago. We had said to all these governments since the beginning that Iran won't comply. They decided to learn it the hard way," Esmaeilion said Wednesday.

Iranian nuclear. Tehran welcomes the "realistic" approach in the

 Iranian nuclear. Tehran welcomes the discussions after a three-day break, Iran and the Signatory Powers of the Agreement on its nuclear program (Germany, China, France, Great Britain and Russia) resumed on Monday in Vienna, the talks to try to save the concluded pact in 2015. Iran declared Monday, January 3 to have noted the "realistic" approach adopted by him by the Westerners in the talks for save The Nuclear Agreement in Vienna , where the negotiations took over after a three-day break.

Esmaeilion, the spokesman for the Association of Victims' Families of Flight PS752, has in the past criticized the ICAO for failing to hold Iran accountable and enforce international aviation rules.

Canada and its coalition countries had initially asked Iran to discuss compensation during the week of Jan. 17, but because Iran showed what they have called "apparent reluctance" that deadline was moved up to Wednesday.

The Jan. 8, 2020, tragedy unfolded against a backdrop of escalating violence in the region. Days earlier, a U.S. drone strike killed Iran's top military commander in Iraq.

Iran then retaliated by launching missile attacks on bases in Iraq where American troops were stationed. Canadian troops were also stationed on the bases as part of an international mission. No military personnel were harmed.

Then came the shootdown of PS752. Iran initially denied responsibility but admitted three days later that its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard mistakenly hit the Ukrainian jetliner with two surface-to-air missiles.

Iran has blamed human error, but Canada and its allies have dismissed the explanation and demanded a full accounting from the country — demands that have been ignored in Tehran.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 6, 2022.

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon not happy about Nazem Kadri's All-Star snub .
Nathan MacKinnon thinks it's "silly" his teammate Nazem Kadri didn't get an All-Star nomination. The NHL announced the 2022 All-Star Game rosters on Thursday, setting the table for the festivities to come in early February at T-Mobile Arena, just off the Strip in Las Vegas. Practically an annual ritual at this point, hockey fans took to Twitter to debate the picks and make the case for some of the notable names that were left out. But fansThe NHL announced the 2022 All-Star Game rosters on Thursday, setting the table for the festivities to come in early February at T-Mobile Arena, just off the Strip in Las Vegas.

usr: 0
This is interesting!