PRIME MINISTER DATO’ SRI NAJIB RAZAK TO VISIT NETHERLANDS FOR MH17 TALKS
“This Wednesday, I will travel to the Netherlands to meet Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Hague.
We will discuss MH17; in particular, whether Malaysian pathologists can be of assistance in expediting the process of identifying the human remains. We will also discuss securing full access to the crash site. Full access to the crash site and the ability to collect evidence is required so that the international team can complete a comprehensive investigation to determine the cause of the crash, and who was responsible.
In my visit to the Netherlands, I will also visit the forensic centre and sign a book of condolences.
Malaysia’s agreement with those in control of the crash site has three central elements: the transfer of the black boxes to Malaysia; the return of the human remains; and full access to the crash site for international investigators.
The first two conditions have been met. My priority now is to ensure the third part of the deal is honoured, and that international investigators are given full and secure access to the site. This will require the cooperation of those in control of the crash site and the Ukrainian armed forces.
Since the agreement, a team of three Malaysian investigators has visited the crash site on three separate occasions – on Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, and Thursday 24th July. Each visit lasted approximately three hours. The investigators managed to observe some of the crash site, and take notes and photographs. However, given its large size, they have been unable to visit the entire crash site yet.
The Malaysian team believe that at least 30 investigators would be required to cover the entire site in addition to themselves, the three Dutch investigators and one ICAO member that has been present. Unfortunately, events on the ground – including ongoing fighting between Ukrainian and separatist forces – prevent such a large contingent of investigators being deployed.
The Malaysian investigators are currently compiling a preliminary report of their findings. Once the report is finalised, they plan to return to the crash site, if possible with a larger contingent of investigators and in more secure circumstances.”
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