Malaysian Prime Minister Travels to Netherlands, Calls For Cease Fire in Ukraine

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July 31, 2014

"The conflict in eastern Ukraine may not be easily resolved, but the people on board that plane had no part in it." -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made his first official visit to the Netherlands today since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 earlier this month. It has been over two weeks since MH17 was shot down. The remains and possessions of some of the crash victims have yet to be recovered.

Razak met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and called for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine so that international investigators could access the crash site and remove any of the remaining bodies.

"We ask there be an immediate cessation of hostilities in and around the crash site by both Ukrainian and separatist forces," Razak said on Thursday. He also asked that both sides "respect the lives lost and the integrity of the crash site so that the investigators may proceed."

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