An Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitor speaks with a pro-Russian separatist at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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The U.N.'s aviation body on Friday said it did not have the authority to close global air routes, seeking to distance itself from responsibility after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.Malaysia's transport minister said earlier that the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had shut the route after a Malaysian Airline jet was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. Despite having an expertise in aviation, ICAO is challenged by its inherent structure as a United Nations body with 190 members, said John Saba, a lecturer at McGill University's Integrated Aviation Management Programme in Montreal.ICAO has made an offer to Ukraine to put together an international team of investigators, U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council On Friday.
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