MH17: McCully pushes for answers

HAMISH RUTHERFORD
Last updated 12:24 19/07/2014

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New Zealand has used a special sitting of the United Nations Security Council to call for a full investigation into the crash of flight MH17.

The New Zealand statement to the council "expressed outrage at the mounting evidence that this tragedy resulted from a surface to air missile strike," Foreign Minister Murray McCully said.

"We also reiterated our calls for the protection of the crash site to allow for a thorough and credible international investigation."

The crash of flight MH17 claimed the lives of 298 passengers and crew members, including one New Zealand citizen and one New Zealand.

Yesterday McCully instructed Mfat officials to call in the most senior representative from the Russian Embassy in Wellington, and to call the Ukrainian Embassy in Canberra.

"Officials used these discussions to clearly convey New Zealand's expectation that all nations will cooperate with an independent international investigation into the crash of MH17," McCully said.

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