Foreign Minister Expresses Condolences over Flight MH17

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Foreign Minister Expresses Condolences over Flight MH17

By Zoë Robert
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson released a statement before the weekend expressing his condolences to the families and friends of the people on board flight MH17 plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine last week. 

Gunnar expressed his strong condemnation of the shooting down of the plane with advanced anti-aircraft weapons. He has urged that an objective international investigation be initiated immediately and stressed that rescue workers must be allowed to do their job properly.

The minister also said that it is urgent that the international community joins forces to stop the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. He said that during his visit to Ukraine last week he witnessed that the people of Eastern Ukraine want to live in peace with other regions of Ukraine and without intervention from foreign powers.

Gunnar was in Ukraine last week to meet with his counterpart Pavlo Klimkin and the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko. 

According to the BBC, Dutch experts have arrived in Ukraine as has a Malaysian team of 133 officials and experts, comprising of search and recovery personnel, forensics experts, technical and medical experts.

A separate group of air accident investigators from the U.K. has also arrived. The government in Kiev, however, has told the BBC that it has been unable to establish a safe corridor to the crash site. 

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