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Prime Minister Najib Razak Statement on MH17 Agreement

Tuesday, July 22, 12:45 AM GMT +0800 Prime Minister Najib Razak Statement on MH17 Agreement

In recent days, we have been working behind  the scenes to establish contact with those in charge of the MH17 crash site.

That contact has now been made. Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives.

Tonight, we have established the basis of an agreement to do just that.

Earlier this evening I spoke to Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the region where the tragedy occurred. We have agreed the following:

Firstly, the remains of 282 people, currently in Torez, will be moved by train to Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to representatives from the Netherlands. The train will depart this evening Ukraine time, and will be accompanied by six Malaysian members of the recovery team. The remains will then be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, together with the Malaysian team. Following any necessary forensic work, the remains of Malaysian citizens will then be flown home to Malaysia.

Secondly, at approximately 9pm tonight Ukraine time, the two black boxes will be handed over to a Malaysian team in Donetsk, who will take custody of them.

Thirdly, independent international investigators will be guaranteed safe access to the crash site to begin a full investigation of the incident.

I must stress that although agreement has been reached, there remain a number of steps required before it is completed.

There is work still to be done, work which relies on continued communication in good faith. Mr Borodai and his people have so far given their co-operation.

I ask that all parties continue to work together to ensure that this agreement is honoured; that the remains of our people are returned, that the black box is handed over, and that the international team is granted full access to the site.

Only then can the investigation into MH17 truly begin; only then can the victims be afforded the respect they deserve. We need to know what caused the plane to crash, and who was responsible for it, so that justice may be done.

In recent days, there were times I wanted to give greater voice to the anger and grief that the Malaysian people feel. And that I feel. But sometimes, we must work quietly in the service of a better outcome.

I understand that for the families, nothing can undo this damage. The lives taken cannot be given back; the dignity lost cannot be regained.

My heart reaches out to those whose loved ones were lost on MH17. We hope and pray that the agreement reached tonight helps bring them a clear step towards closure.

 

Photos: Hidden Gems Of Europe

Lisse, Netherlands

Lisse, Netherlands

Here are photos of some of the less known beautiful places in Europe.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Lecce, Italy

Lecce, Italy

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Dijon, France

Dijon, France

Delphi, Greece

Delphi, Greece

Amazing Hyper-Realistic Paintings By Roberto Bernardi

The 39-year-old from Todi, central Italy, first began to hone his skills by restoring paintings at the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Rome. (Roberto Bernardi/Caters)

The 39-year-old from Todi, central Italy, first began to hone his skills by restoring paintings at the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Rome. (Roberto Bernardi/Caters)

Italian artist, Roberto Bernard uses oil on canvas techniques to paint his incredible hyper-realistic paintings.

Hyper-realistic painting looks like a photograph and the artist must make sure to paint all the little details so that the painting looks real.

Roberto Bernard spend up to one month to finish a painting.

In 2012, I wrote a post about a Netherlands, Tjalf Spaarnay who paints life-like picture of food.

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Major Atlantic Storm Killed 11 In Northern Europe

Large waves break against the dyke Monday at the port of Boulogne, France.

Large waves break against the dyke Monday at the port of Boulogne, France.

The death toll from the major Atlantic storm rises to at least eleven across northern Europe on Monday.

Four people were killed in Britain, three in Germany, two in Netherlands, one in France and one in Denmark.

According to Britain’s Met Office national weather centre, winds reached 99 miles (159 kilometres) per hour on the Isle of Wight off the southern English coast.

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