- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for International Affairs, had previously held meetings with Ukraine at the head of a delegation consisting of representatives from various sectors and said the issue of compensation was key in the talks
- The Iranian official did not specify when the compensation would be paid.
- Representatives of the victims' families will not take part in the negotiations.
Touraj Dehghani Zanganeh, head of the Iran Aviation Authority, confirmed that Iran would soon begin talks in Tehran on compensation for the victims of the Ukrainian airliner. Flight 752 (PS752) flight from Tehrand to Kiev operated by Ukraine International Airlines. on January 08, 2020, was shot down and all 174 passengers and crew died.
The head of the aviation organization announced that Iran is ready to negotiate compensation for the Ukrainian plane. The payment of this compensation is to be negotiated soon in Tehran. Representatives of the victims’ families will not take part in the negotiations.
“Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Baharvand, heading a delegation comprising representatives of different sectors, has held different meetings with the Ukrainian officials,” Dehqani Zanqeneh said.
The Iranian official stressed that Mohsen Baharvand, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for International Affairs, had previously held meetings with Ukraine at the head of a delegation consisting of representatives from various sectors and said the issue of compensation was key in the talks.
Dehghani Zanganeh added that the payment of compensation has preliminary steps that will be concluded in the technical and legal fields and will be based on the understanding that will be reached.
“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 is had done,” Dehqani Zangeneh added. According to the Iranian official, compensation from Iran will be “non-discriminatory” and will include any group affected by the accident.
The Iranian official did not specify when the compensation would be paid, but officially acknowledged the “error” and said Iran would pay compensation for the error. These remarks by the head of the Iranian Aviation Organization, however, are contrary to the recent claims in the Islamic Republic regarding the payment of compensation to the Ukrainian aircraft.
Gholamreza Soleimani, head of Iran’s Central Insurance, recently told reporters at a recent virtual meeting that “payment of aircraft damages to Iran has nothing to do with it” and said any payment should be made by Ukrainian and European companies.
A delegation from Ukraine is scheduled to travel to Tehran in October this year to continue the talks. Representatives from Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, and the United Kingdom will also take part in the talks. So far, the representatives of the victims’ families have not participated in the meetings and negotiations with the representatives of the Islamic Republic.
The Association of the Families of Ukrainian Flight Victims has repeatedly stated that it invalidates any compensation agreement without conducting a comprehensive, transparent, and impartial investigation into the downing of the passenger plane.
The association emphasizes in particular that the Islamic Republic does not have the authority to investigate this matter, because it itself is the perpetrator of the crime: “We have repeatedly pointed out and explained that the” Air Accident Investigation Commission “is institutionalized in Iran. “The commission is not independent and does not have the authority to investigate this crime.”
Hamed Ismail, a writer, and dentist who lost his wife and 9-year-old child in the downing of Flight 752, wrote in a Facebook post: “They are going to set a price for our loved ones. No government has the right to reach an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran without our presence. None of us have spoken and will not speak of compensation without conducting research and administering justice.”