The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop (above), says Australia is seeking a “full independent international investigation” into the MH17 tragedy.
Addressing the media this morning, Ms Bishop said it was “too early to point the finger of blame” but she understood the UN Security Council would convene a meeting to call for an investigation.
Ms Bishop confirmed that 28 of the 298 passengers killed were Australian and said Australia would “do everything possible” to bring home their remains. She said the government had been in contact with the Dutch government, and that noted the two countries “shared the pain and anguish” of the loss.
Australia is trying to get access to the crash site through its embassy in Warsaw, but said it was a challenging task as the site is deep in the rebel-held part of Ukraine.
Ms Bishop said if speculation that a pro-Russian missile took down the flight was true, it was an unspeakable crime. “At this stage it is to early to speculate on the cause.” – Jade Meiach-Sherlock
Top photo of Julie Bishop taken from her Twitter feed.