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Published: Sunday July 20, 2014 MYT 1:20:00 PM
Updated: Sunday July 20, 2014 MYT 1:22:17 PM

MH17 crash: Australia to press UN for full probe

MELBOURNE: Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will fly to the United States Sunday evening to campaign for an international investigation into the crash of MH17 in which 28 Australians were among the 298 passengers and crew killed.

Bishop will head Australia's efforts in pushing for a United Nations Security Council resolution seeking open and independent access to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, according to an ABC News report.

The MAS plane is believed to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile that left bodies and smouldering debris scattered across fields in troubled Ukraine.

Six officers from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have been deployed to Kiev, and more are on their way, including a five-member emergency response team as well as a team of Australian Federal Police investigators.

Bishop said the Australian Government's appeals would go before the UN.

"I have spoken with our representative in the UN and I understand that our calls for a binding resolution will be debated during the course of next week," ABC News quoted Bishop as saying.

"I will also be travelling to Washington to meet with security and intelligence experts to ensure that Australia is fully briefed on the international intelligence that is available in relation to this matter for we are determined to ascertain what happened, why it happened, how it happened and who is responsible," the foreign minister was reported as saying. - Bernama


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