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Council of Europe starts work on Smolensk plane crash report

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Roberto Galea 07.09.2016 09:19
The Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has started work on a report on the 2010 plane crash in Smolensk which killed 96, including Polish President Lech Kaczyński.
The wreckage of the presidential plane in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsThe wreckage of the presidential plane in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt was appointed author of the report on Tuesday.

Omtzigt was earlier part of a team investigating the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014.

“The most important element will be Pieter Omtzigt’s visit to Poland and Russia. I hope […] the report will force Russia to at least return the wreckage to Poland,” Polish MP Dominik Tarczyński, a member of the Legal Affairs Committee, told TVP Info.

After the report is prepared, the Council of Europe may pass a resolution on the issue.

The crash in western Russia in 2010 killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria and 94 others, including high-ranking Polish political and military leaders.

Russia has so far refused to return the wreckage of the Tu-154M plane to Poland. (mol/rg)

Source: PAP, TVP.Info

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