Dutch PM vows to find those responsible 'if Malaysia plane attacked'

18th July 2014, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday vowed "not to rest" in tracking down those responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 -- should it emerge its crash was caused by an attack.

Some 189 Dutch citizens died in the crash which claimed the lives of 298 people -- many of them holiday-makers bound for destinations in the East, or scientists on their way to Melbourne for the 20th International Aids Conference.

"Let me be crystal-clear about this," a visibly angry Rutte told reporters in The Hague.

"Should it emerge that it was an attack, I will personally see to it that the perpetrators are brought to justice."

"We will not rest until they have been brought to book," said Rutte adding: "We owe it to the victims and their families."

Rutte said he spoke to a number of top world leaders including President Barack Obama "and just a short while ago by telephone to (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin."

"He too assured me that Russia insists on a complete, international and independent investigation," Rutte said.

The crash is the Netherlands' second-worst air disaster to date.

The worst came in 1977 when 238 Dutch citizens died at Tenerife in the Canary Islands when two Boeing 747s collided with the loss of 582 lives.

© 2014 AFP

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