AUSTRALIA’S draft resolution to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy has been unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who was in New York, applauded the 15-0 vote and demanded a ceasefire at the site, that the bodies be treated “with dignity” and that Russia use its influence to bring the conflict to an end.
“Today the Security Council has responded,” said Ms Bishop.
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The resolution demands “the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unfettered access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities”.
Up to 39 Australian citizens and residents died when Malaysia Airlines flight 17 crashed on Thursday, with intelligence reports indicating it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.