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Grief deepens for local Iranian-Canadians after learning Ukrainian plane taken down by a missile

FILE - A vigil for Iran plane crash victims in North Vancouver. (Tom Walsh, CityNews Photo)
Summary

Davood Ghavami says he doesn't want to see this already volatile situation escalate

Ghavam adds he expects the government of Iran to cooperate with Canadian investigators as dictated by international law

Of the 176 killed in the plane crash, 63 were Canadian

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The president of the Iranian Canadian Congress of Canada says it’s important those responsible are held accountable for the downed Ukrainian flight.

Now that evidence suggests an Iranian missile hit the plane, Davood Ghavami says he doesn’t want to see this already volatile situation escalate.

“Who we should blame is the judgment of the people, but what we can say, Iran should be very cautious when they are taking an action against anybody else is they have to at least be very careful of their own people and they have to value the life of their own people.”

He argues people who had nothing to do with the underlying conflict between Iran and the United States became the unintentional victims.


“How did it happen, I have no idea, but this has happened. In fact, it’s going to have an impact for our entire nation, so it’s a big tragedy for all of us,” he says.

Ghavam adds he expects the government of Iran to cooperate with Canadian investigators as dictated by international law.

“People have nothing to do with the crisis between Iran and the United States, so here the emotion is so high and people are mourning.”

On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed evidence of Iranian missiles, but also said it could have been unintentional.

“Our Prime Minister is absolutely right. It’s absolutely a devastating tragedy for the entire community.”

Of the 176 killed in the plane crash, 63 were Canadian.