Foreign Policy
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:57
Talks on Ukrainian Plane Compensation Due on October 18
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) Touraj Dehqani Zanganeh said new round of talks on payment of the damages inflicted on the families of the downed Ukrainian Boeing 737 will be held on October 18.

“Iran will start new round of talks with foreign countries over payment of damages to families who lost their loved ones on board the Ukrainian plane crashed on October 18,” Dehqani Zanganeh said, adding that the event will take place at the presence of the representatives of the related countries in Tehran.

"What is evident is that Iran has accepted the responsibility for its mistake and therefore the country is ready for negotiations on paying full compensation for what it had done," he noted.

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 the incident.

In relevant remarks on September 1, Iran's Ambassador to Ukraine Manouchehr Moradi said his country has suggested October 18-21 as the date for the 2nd round of talks with Ukraine on paying compensation for the downed airplane’s victims, adding that Tehran is waiting for Kiev to confirm the proposed date.

Moradi also said that Iran has interrogated several individuals related to the incident.

"In this incident, all the defendants are military personnel. Six individuals have been arrested, three are in custody and three have been released on bail,” he said, adding, “All affiliated military ranks from the operator and above have been interrogated and dozens were summoned to be questioned."

The envoy stressed that Iran is ready to pay the compensation in accordance with international rules and the conventions to which it is a party.

Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine Manouchehr Moradi had earlier said the compensation for Ukrainian airliner, that was shot down by mistake near Tehran in January, will be paid on international rules and regulations.

“As it was raised in recent constructive and fruitful negotiations in Kyiv, any compromise on compensation will be just based on the international regulations and commitments of conventions,” Moradi wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday August 15.

He added that Iran is also a member of these conventions and can contribute to the settlement of the issue.

In relevant remarks earlier in August, Chairman of Iran Insurance Company Gholamreza Soleimani said a Ukrainian passenger plane that was downed by mistake near Tehran in early January was insured by European companies that are required to pay compensation for it.

"This plane was insured by Ukrainian and European insurance companies, and this issue has nothing to do with Iranian companies," Soleimani said on August 10.

If any compensation is to be paid for the issue, it should be made by [those European] firms that had insured the plane, he stressed.





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