Malaysia and Netherlands to work together on MH17

Last updated 00:35 27/07/2014

The last plane carrying some of the 298 victims of downed flight MH17 departs Ukraine for the Netherlands. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart

Najib said in a statement Saturday that he and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will discuss securing full access to the crash site and whether Malaysian pathologists can be of assistance in "expediting the process of identifying the human remains."

There were 193 Dutch and 43 Malaysians on Flight 17 when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board. The plane crashed in territory controlled by pro-Russia rebels, and the separatists have been blamed by many in the international community for shooting it down.

Najib reached an agreement with rebel leader Alexander Borodai on Monday to secure the handing over of the plane's black boxes and the remains of the victims, as well as to ensure safe access to the crash site.

"The first two conditions have been met," Najib said. "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."

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