UN Security Council votes for a probe on Malaysia air crash

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Julie Bishop.UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A UN resolution, backed by all 15 Members of the Council, is calling for the safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The commercial aircraft was shot down on 17 July over the rebel-held region of Donetsk Oblast in Ukraine, killing 298 people.

Australia, which tabled the resolution, lost 37 of its citizens who were on board the flight.

In her statement to the Council on Monday, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia urged for respect in the handling of the victims’ remains.

Ms Julie Bishop said her country would not rest until all those who were killed in the “barbaric act” were brought home.

“Our resolution demands that the armed groups in control of the crash site provide safe access immediately to allow for the recovery of the bodies, and that the armed groups stop any actions that compromise the integrity of the crash site. This is imperative. There must be a cease-fire in the immediate area around the site.”

Ms Bishop urged Russia to use its influence over the separatists to ensure they cooperate with these efforts and to help bring the conflict in Ukraine to an end.

Russia is one of the five permanent members of the Council with the power to veto resolutions.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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