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Iran will respect international norms and standards in the reparations for losses caused by the Ukrainian plane crash in January near Tehran, Iranian Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneidi said on Wednesday.

“Regarding the rights of the families in terms of civil liability and financial compensation, the Legal Vice-Presidency will make the necessary follow-ups, and reparations will come from the National Development Fund,” she said to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting, Mehr news agency reported.

Iran’s Legal Vice-Presidency, she added, has taken into account international standards and customs when dealing with the issue, without any discrimination on the basis of the nationality of the victims.

The department headed by Joneidi, she stressed, is solely responsible for civil liabilities and for the assessment of damages caused by the crash of the Ukrainian aircraft.

The criminal dimensions of the incident, she went on saying, are being analyzed by Iran’s Judiciary, while the Foreign Affairs Ministry is in charge of related negotiations.

On Jan. 8, an Ukrainian Boeing-737, en route from Tehran to Kiev, was shot down by two rockets shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. The tragedy resulted in the deaths of all 167 passengers and nine crew members on board.

Later, Iran’s armed forces confirmed that an “unintentional” launch of a military missile by the country was the cause of the incident.

(XINHUA)

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