Abbott pays tribute to MH17 victims in Netherlands

Abbott pays tribute to MH17 victims in Netherlands

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signed a condolence book in the Netherlands for the 198 Dutch victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Mr Abbott has wrapped up a 24 hour visit to the Netherlands, meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and visiting military and police personnel at the Hilversum barracks, where the identification of victims is being undertaken.

Speaking from Hilversum Mr Abbott has paid particular tribute to the Australian Federal Police in recovering remains from the crash site.

Mr Abbott stated that “operation bring them home still has quiet a way to go, yes the intitial phase of searching in eastern ukraine is over for the time being, but it is highly likely that we will want to go back in again at some stage, obviously our ability to go back in will depend very much upon the security situation on the ground.”

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