New deadline set for Iran reparations for downed Ukraine flight

New deadline set for Iran reparations for downed Ukraine flight

Canada, Britain, Sweden and Ukraine set a new deadline for Iran to negotiate reparations for families of victims of a downed Ukrainian flight, warning that their "patience is wearing thin."

The Canada-led International Coordination and Response Group had repeatedly asked Iran to meet in November to negotiate redress, but got no reply.

"We have delivered a further request inviting Iran to discuss the matters that pertain to our claim and demands for reparations for the downing of PS752 during the week of January 17, 2022," the group said in a statement Thursday.

Tehran, they said, must indicate by January 5 if it is willing to engage in negotiations, The AFP reported.

If by then, Iran continues to stall, the group said they "will have to assume that further attempts to negotiate reparations with Iran are futile" and "will have to seriously consider other actions to resolve this matter within the framework of international law."

Nearly two years after the crash, the group said Iran continues to demonstrate an "apparent reluctance" to come to the table "to address this matter in a constructive and timely manner."

It said Iran "has shown no interest in adhering to its international legal obligations" and added that "the Coordination Group's patience is wearing thin."

Iran shot down Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 shortly after take-off from its capital Tehran on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 people aboard, including 85 Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Three days later, Tehran admitted that its forces had mistakenly targeted the Kiev-bound Boeing 737-800 plane.