The Council of Europe, in which 47 European countries participate, will discuss the missing radar images of MH17. Dutch PM Pieter Omtzigt submitted a request to the Council to do so.
The Council of Europe is an international organization focused on promoting democracy, rule of law, human rights, economic development and integration of certain regulatory functions in Europe.
The council has to answer why Ukraine did not provide primary radar images and why Russia delivered the recorded primary radar and not the raw images.
Also an answer must be given by president Poroshenko of Ukraine and Putin of Russia why they did not respond the the letter sent by the families of the passengers on board MH17.
The text of the letter of Omtzigt to the Council of Europe is shown below (source)
Flight MH17 was brought down by a rocket on July 17 2014. All 298 people on board died. The wreckage came down in the Donetsk region. Both the Ukrainian and the Russian air traffic control were in touch with the plane and saw it on their radar screens, as the accident happened near the border.
The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) did not get raw primary radar data from any of the countries. The raw primary radar data would not only show MH17 but also a few images of the rocket, when properly reexamined and refiltered, as was confirmed by an expert at a hearing in the Dutch parliament.
The Dutch government said that it did not know of any other plane incident in the last 10 years in Europe where the investigators could not get the raw primary data. Ukraine told the DSB that its primary radar was under maintenance. It did not challenge that in the final report. Later, it said that part of the radar stations were destroyed.
These two statements are mutually exclusive according to the Dutch government Russia showed the world primary radar data on 21 July 2014 but destroyed its raw primary radar data. It only provided screen prints, so the radar data could not be reexamined to find the rocket.
This is a breach of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rules, as is confirmed by DSB and ICAO in the DSB report.
The families of the victims wrote a letter to President Putin and President Poroshenko five months ago, asking very precise questions on what happened to the radar data. The Russian administration answered with a public letter without any answers to the precise questions asked. Neither president provided a personal answer.
To ask the Committee of Ministers
-Should President Putin and President Poroshenko have the decency to answer letters by dozens of families of MH17 victims and give precise and personal answers?
– Does the Committee agree it should provide a precise answer on what happened to their radar as this is crucial evidence?by