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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014

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Investigators can't re-enter MH17 crash site as shelling still continuing, says Najib

The Star/ANN | Mergawati Zulfakar | Thursday, Sep 25, 2014

NEW YORK- Ukraine is unable to give a concrete schedule for international investigators to re-enter the crash site of the MH17 as shelling by pro-Russian separatists is still continuing.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia would have to depend on Ukraine because its leader Arseniy Yatseniuk said his government was honouring the ceasefire agreement but not the separatists.

Najib who held a half-hour meeting with Yatseniuk at the United Nations here on Wednesday (Thursday in Malaysia) said the ceasefire was still effective but the situation was not conducive for the international team, led by the Netherlands, to re-enter the crash site.

"He (Yatseniuk) said it is still dangerous to enter the crash site despite the ceasefire and he cannot give a concrete schedule when the investigators can go in," Najib told reporters after the meeting.

This is the first time Najib held a meeting with the Ukrainian leader after the incident. The meeting was requested by Yatseniuk.

Najib said Malaysia together with the Netherlands and Australia were hopeful for the team to go in, as there were bodies yet to be recovered.

"The second thing is we need to find concrete forensic evidence to bring those responsible for downing of the plane to justice," he added.

Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft is believed to have been shot down over the troubled country.

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