Home > News > Nation
Monday July 28, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday July 28, 2014 MYT 8:16:04 AM
In loving memory: Flowers and a teddy bear, left by the parents of an Australian victim of the crash, lying on a piece of the MH17 wreckage, near the village of Grabovo in Donetsk. - AFP
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has secured an agreement with Ukrainian rebels to allow an international police team to protect aircraft crash investigators at the MH17 site.
Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Borodai yesterday agreed to the move following discussions with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Pursuant to the earlier agreement, Borodai has agreed to allow the international police personnel to enter the crash site,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Under the initial agreement, the rebels promised to hand over the black boxes to Malaysia, send the human remains to international officials and grant full access to the site.
However, investigators could not properly operate across the vast crash site in eastern Ukraine or collect evidence due to ongoing fighting between Kiev and the rebels.
Malaysia had called for an immediate cessation of all military activities in and around the crash site.
Earlier yesterday, Najib said he was deeply concerned over the volatile security situation.
“It is imperative that we deploy a full team of investigators to ensure that all the human remains are removed from the site, identified and repatriated.
“Everyone who was on board MH17 must be accorded proper dignity and respect,” he said.
Najib also spoke to the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Australia.
“Three grieving nations have formed a coalition to secure the site. Through our joint deployment of police personnel, we will work together to achieve justice for the victims,” he said.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had been in contact with the Ukrainian government on the legal and diplomatic framework for the deployment.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had been working closely with the head of the investigation in the Netherlands.
On Wednesday, 68 Malaysian policemen will leave Kuala Lumpur for the crash site as part of the international deployment.
Tags / Keywords:
MH17, Courts Crime, International police team, MH17 crash, MAS, Ukraine
Babysitter in child abuse case appears confused by charges
Sodomy II: Proceedings to resume Monday
Angry Birds Park opens in Johor
Sisters in Islam files for judicial review on fatwa
Kelantan cracks down with dress code
Book to mark popular regatta’s silver anniversary
Hurley's job switch looks to be paying off
Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record
Vice Media teams up with Canada's Rogers to build Toronto studio
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)