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On Ukraine visit, Canada minister presses Iran for access to black boxes from plane crash

An engine lies on the ground after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on 8 January 2020, killing everyone on board. [AFP via Getty Images]
An engine lies on the ground after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on 8 January 2020, killing everyone on board. [AFP via Getty Images]

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Wednesday urged Tehran to allow access to the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger plane that was accidentally shot down over Iran in January, Reuters reports.

"We do expect from Iran to give access to the black box without any further delay," Francois-Philippe Champagne said during a press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Vadym Prystaiko, while on a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

Iran has so far resisted handing over the black boxes from the Ukraine International Airlines flight that was downed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards after mistaking it for a hostile target.

READ: The effects of the downing of Ukraine flight on US-Canada relations

Canada has pressed Iran for a complete and independent investigation.

Many of the 176 who perished in the disaster were Iranians with dual citizenship. Canada had 57 citizens on board. "We have questions and we expect Iran to provide answers," Champagne said.

"I always say transparency is the best antidote to conspiracy, so we should demand from Iran in one voice, the international community, to provide access to these black boxes, to allow for transparency so that justice can be carried out."

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