Items belonging to passengers of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be returned to families in the coming weeks Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told a television audience. Aalbersberg, head of the Dutch victims repatriation mission, says the first batch of personal affects will be given to Malaysia Airlines by the air crash investigators as early as next week. The airline is to then coordinate with family and friends of the victims.
A team of ten to 15 experts from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have arrived at the scene of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. The team left Donetsk in the morning accompanied by an armed escort and travel journalists.
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte travelled to Australia Thursday after meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur. He is meeting with Australian PM Tony Abbott. Discussions with both leading politicians are focused on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which departed Amsterdam en route to Malaysia, but met with catastrophe in the skies over eastern Ukraine. Dutch casualties neared 200 in the July incident, and significant numbers of Malaysians and Australians were also on the flight that left 296 dead.
The following is the full text of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's speech in Malaysia on November 5, 2014.
He is meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, before flying to Australia to sit with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. He will discuss the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which left from Amsterdam on July 17, but exploded in the sky over eastern Ukraine. The meetings will also touch upon international politics and relations, before Mr. Rutte is introduced to Dutch entrepreneurs in both countries, his office states.