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Countries of plane crash victims want compensation for families

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Countries of plane crash victims want compensation for families

The governments of the countries from which several victims of last week's crash of the Ukrainian plane, which is now known to have been shot down by Iranian missiles, have come to want Tehran to accept "full responsibility" and pay compensation to the families of the citizens who died.

The position is expressed in a statement released after a meeting of foreign ministers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Sweden and Ukraine, held in London.

All 176 occupants of Ukraine International Airlines flight died when the plane was hit by missiles shortly after taking off from Tehran International Airport. In addition to Iranians, 57 Canadian citizens, 17 Swedes, 11 Ukrainians, four British and four Afghans were on board.

The heads of diplomacy of the five countries also insisted on an "independent criminal investigation followed by transparent and impartial judicial proceedings".

The international community is "waiting for answers" about Iran's crashing of the downed Boeing, Canadian Chief of Diplomacy François-Philippe Champagne said at the end of his meeting with his counterparts, promising they would not give up.

The Canadian minister indicated that Iran accepted responsibility for what happened, but noted that only a thorough investigation would reveal the "exact cause" and who was responsible.

The plane was shot down in a context of great tension between Iran and the United States, after Washington murdered the top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, on January 3 in Iraq.

Five days later, the Islamic Republic retaliated by launching missiles at bases with American soldiers in Iraq, after which an Iranian missile hit the Ukrainian commercial plane.

After the Iranian authorities recognized their responsibility on Saturday, evoking a "human error", hundreds of Iranians took to the streets, speaking out against the Islamic Republic system.

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