Malaysian PM to visit Netherlands for talks on MH17

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak would start a visit to the Netherlands on Wednesday and would meet his counterpart Mark Rutte there for talks on MH17, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday.

It said that the two leaders would discuss the MH17 incident, especially whether Malaysian pathologists could help expedite the process of identifying the human remains.

“The prime ministers 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,” the statement said.

It quoted Najib as saying on Saturday that his priority now was to ensure the international investigators were given full and secure access to the site, which would require the cooperation of both those in control of the crash site and the Ukrainian armed forces.

It said that since Malaysia made an agreement with those in control of the crash site, a team of three Malaysian investigators had visited the crash site on three separate occasions — on July 22, 23, and 24, each of which lasted about 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,” it said.

It said the Malaysian team believed that at least 30 investigators would be required to cover the entire site in addition to themselves, the three Dutch investigators and one International Civil Aviation Organization member that has been present. However, “events on the ground — including ongoing fighting between Ukrainian and separatist forces — prevent such a large contingent of investigators being deployed,” it added.

The statement said that a preliminary report of the findings were currently being compiled by the Malaysian investigators. ” Once the report is finalized, they plan to return to the crash site, if possible with a larger contingent of investigators and in more secure circumstances,” it said. Xinhua 

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