Latest: Malaysia Airlines press conferences in Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam

Many European tourists on their way to vacation in Malaysia and other East Asian countries were on the passenger list of MH 17.

Latest: Malaysia Airlines press conferences in Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam

Many European tourists on their way to vacation in Malaysia and other East Asian countries were on the passenger list of MH 17.

Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, at a media conference in Kuala Lumpur, gave this update on the MH17 crash in the Ukraine.

He said he spoke with leaders from around the world, including the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the President of the Ukraine, and US President Obama.

He said he could not imagine what relatives and friends of the 295 killed passengers and crew are going through and regardless of anyone’s nationality, everyone is united in this grief.

He said in case of a terror attack, the Malaysian government demands those guilty would be brought to justice. He confirmed that the Ukrainian President invited Malaysia authorities to travel to the Ukraine to be part of the investigation.

He said the President of the Ukraine assured a full and independent investigation.

This was echoed by other leaders including US President Obama, and the NATO and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who interrupted her 60th birthday celebration today.

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The Ukrainian President said he is ready to coordinate with Ukrainian separatists controlling the crash region to open a corridor to get access to the crash side. Ukrainian separatists voiced their cooperation.

Malaysia Airlines is sending a B747 to Kiev. It’s supposed to arrive in the morning. This plane will carry a support staff and material. It’s planned to have the B747 continue to Amsterdam with experts on board to assist families.

The same plane is ready to take family members of MH17 passengers to Kiev to visit the crash site.

Nationalities on board include 154 Dutch passengers, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, 6 Britons, 4 Germans, 3 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, 1 Canadian, and 53 are still unaccounted for.

In addition leaders from around the world had been sending messages of condolences to Malaysia, including Russian president Putin. He said
Ukraine bears responsibility for crash of Malaysian airliner.

The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: “If this was a crime … it’s an unspeakable crime and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”

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