Kuala Lumpur, Nov 5 (TruthDive): Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday that both the Netherlands and Malaysia need to work together to keep MH17 crash case high on international agenda. In spite of tough situations at the crash location in the eastern Ukraine, both the prime ministers said investigation into the July 17 disaster must continue.
Mark Rutte stressed the significance of an independent investigation of shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 should be done before any pronouncement on where those accountable should face the trial.
The Dutch Prime Minister said independent security boards are functioning with the prosecutors to determine how well they can take the case forward, adding that International Criminal Court might not be the best place to hear the case.
Mark Rutte is taking a trip on Thursday morning to Canberra for two days meetings with the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and cabinet ministers. He will be also meeting Australian army, foreign affairs officers and police involved in search for the remnants of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17’s victims.
The Dutch have taken the lead role in probing the Boeing 777 aircraft downing, which was thrown down over rebel-held region in July in eastern Ukraine, when it was flying to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board. Among the dead two-thirds are Dutch. The dead included 196 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians and 38 Australians.
Investigations have been hindered by the problems taking place at the crash place, as clashes were happening in the nearby region between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces. Dutch experts had reached the crash site on Oct 31 for the first time in weeks, as the battle between pro-Russian rebels and government forces were temporarily stopped.
Kiev blames the pro-Russian separatists for the destruction of the airliner whereas Russia says a Ukrainian military aircraft shot it down.