Australia Ready To Send 100 Cops and Soldiers To Help Secure Crash Site And Bring Victims Home

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Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine for loading on to a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv airpor July 23, 2014.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday that her country will provide any resources needed to secure the crash site of Malaysian Airline Flight 17. Of the 298 people who died on flight MH17, 37 were from Australia.

According to the Associated Press, Bishop will be traveling with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermansto to meet with Ukrainian leaders in an effort to help protect the crime scene, which is currently being held by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

"We stand ready to provide whatever support or resources are needed," Bishop said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Australian, a local paper, reported that Australia would send a 100-person task force of Federal Police and Australian military. The AP was not able to confirm these reports, but said the local papers were “regularly provided with anonymous but accurate information by the government.” Australia’s main concern, according to the local paper, is retrieving the bodies and bringing them home.

On Monday, Bishop presented an Australia-sponsored resolution to the United Nations Security Council demanding the rebels in Eastern Ukraine allow all the victim’s remains to be returned home. The resolution passed unanimously.

 

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