'Will demand justice for MH17 victims'

Sep 21, 2014, 08:15 IST | Agencies

Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to use the platform of 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) to bring to book those responsible for downing the aircraft

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Saturday said that Malaysia will use the platform of the ongoing 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, to seek justice for the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over the Ukraine.

Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. Pic/AFP

Hussein said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who will raise the matter at the assembly with several leaders he meets in New York, including US President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

“We are on the right platform to demand justice and bring to book those responsible for downing the aircraft. No one can deny us this right. Let's wait for the developments at the UN,” Hishammuddin added.

The Dutch ministry of security and justice said on Friday that the number of victims identified in MH17 has now climbed to 225.

Out of 14 more who have been identified, seven were Dutch.

Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over separatists-controlled eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 on board. 

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