2020-October-20 10:17
2020-October-18  11:40

Tehran to Host Second Round of Talks on Ukraine’s Crashed Plane

TEHRAN (FNA)- Second round of Tehran-Kiev negotiations on the Ukrainian plane that had been accidentally shot in January will be held in Tehran on October 19-21, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said.

Baharvand said that his Ukrainian counterpart and the accompanying delegation will be in Tehran for the second round of talks.

He went on to say that three technical meetings will be held between Tehran and Kiev in this round of talks.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohsen Baharvand

“One of these meetings will be about technical discussions. Another meeting will be on judicial matters, and the third one will deal with legal issues, the amount of compensation for individuals and aircraft,” the official added.

“After the three groups meet, we will have a public meeting,’ he stressed.

In a relevant development, an Iranian delegation headed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand arrived in Kiev on July 30 and held talks with Kuleba and his Deputy Yevgeny Yenin. Both parties reviewed different technical and legal aspects of the incident and agreed on appointment of expert groups and also second round of talks in Tehran in October.

During the relevant phone talks, Zarif and Kuleba described the talks as a positive step, and expressed hope that the case would be resolved as soon as possible through continued talks and exchange of information between the two sides in a way desirable to both nations, specially the bereaved families of the victims.

Zarif, for his part, announced Iran’s readiness to pay compensation to the family members of the victims.

Meantime, Kuleba underscored the Ukrainian side’s readiness to send a negotiating team to Tehran in October to continue talks.

Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 bound for Kiev crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in January, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board.

A Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane was accidentally shot down by an Iranian rocket near Tehran on January 8, 2020.

It happened after the US terrorist attack against motorcade of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, late anti-terror Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods forces and his companions near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020.

Iran reciprocated the US terrorist operation by hitting the US Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq

Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh admitted that human error caused the incident.

In a relevant development, Iranian delegation dispatched to Paris for decoding Ukrainian plane black boxes confirmed the procedure of the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis (BEA) for Civil Aviation Safety.

Iranian delegation in a statement announced that the technical measure with regard to decoding black boxes of the Ukrainian plane flight PS752 was finished in BEA laboratory on July 23.

The decoding process was finished under the supervision of Iran and by using French equipment and experts.

In addition to Iranian delegation, representatives of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Boeing as designer of the plane, Ukraine as user of the plane and France as the country which presented technical services attended the process.

Representatives of Sweden, UK and Canada together with representatives of ICAO participated in the procedure of decoding the black boxes.

The decoded data will be used for finalizing the information and presenting security advice to prevent accidents in the future.