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Published: Friday April 4, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 4, 2014 MYT 7:31:02 AM

Australia gives firm commitment in search for missing plane

PERTH: Australia has given its firm commitment to continue the search for the missing MH370 plane until it is found.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country would throw everything it had into finding the plane.

“We owe it to the families of the 239 people on board. We owe it to our good friend Malaysia.

“We owe it to the people and government of China and we owe it to the troubled citizens of the world to do everything we can to solve this extraordinary mystery,” he said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Commonwealth Parliamentary office here yesterday.

Urging families of those on board the ill-fated flight to remain calm and patient, Abbot said the best brains in the world were working to find the plane.

“I know this is an extraordinarily difficult and devastating time for you, but we will not let you down.

“Although we are constantly refining the search area, although the search area is moving north, it is still an extraordinarily remote and inaccessible spot and, at times, subject to very difficult sea conditions,” he said, adding that locating MH370 was probably the most difficult search ever undertaken.

Abbott also acknowledged that the tragedy had also been extraordinarily difficult for Malaysia and Najib.

“This has been a very tough time for Najib. But if I may say so, it is typical of the grace of the man that he should come here to Australia, to RAAF Base Pearce, to personally thank and honour all of the personnel involved in the search for flight MH370,” he said.

Najib expressed his thanks to both Abbott for his encouragement and the personnel who were giving their all to find MH370.

“Over the past three weeks, hundreds of people have journeyed thousands of kilometres to help.

“They have searched through stormy seas and freezing fog; they have sailed through storms to find the plane. We owe them each a debt of gratitude,” he said.

He said Malaysia was also grateful to those who brought their expertise to bear on what Abbott called one of the great mysteries of our time.

“I know until we find the plane, many families cannot start to grieve. I cannot imagine what they must be going through, but I can promise them that we will not give up,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: MAS flight, KL, Beijing, missing flight, MH370


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