Dutch PM trying to reunite all MH17 victims with loved ones

The site where the MH17 Malaysia Airlines flight hit the ground.
The site where the MH17 Malaysia Airlines flight hit the ground.

DUTCH Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the strong bond forged between his country and Australia in the aftermath of the MH17 atrocity would last for eternity.

Mr Rutte, who was in Australia on a two-day visit, said on Friday the criminal investigation into the MH17 crash was ongoing and those responsible would be brought to justice.

He paid tribute to the authorities who helped on the ground in the days after the Malaysia Airlines plane was blown out of the sky on July 17 above eastern Ukraine.

A total of 298 people, including 38 Australians, were killed in the tragedy.

"We are still not yet there. We are still trying to get all the remaining remains back," he said.

"We want to reunite, if possible, everybody with their loved ones.

"We are not absolutely sure that we will be able to do that, but we will do everything in our power to do the maximum possible in that respect."

Mr Rutte said the recovery process was not just focusing on human remains.

"The same goes for getting home all the personal belongings," he said.

"We are working on the independent inquiry of what exactly happened and then we are working on the public prosecution side."


Topics:  malaysia airlines mh17

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