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Malaysia vows to seek truth 2 years after MH17 tragedy

By Xinhua
Malaysia vows to seek truth 2 years after MH17 tragedy
This file photo taken on November 11, 2014 shows journalists looking at parts of the Malaysia Airlines plane Flight MH17 as Dutch investigators (unseen) arrive at the crash site near the Grabove village in eastern Ukraine. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 -- Malaysian government reiterated its commitment on Sunday to seek the truth two years after the loss of Malaysian Airlines fight MH17.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the downing of flight MH17 "was a criminal act that outraged the world and caused the loss of all 298 lives aboard."

"The Malaysian government continues all efforts to find a full and satisfactory explanation of the events that led to this tragedy," he said through his social network account.

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine. The plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said his country remains wholly committed and determined in pursuit to bring justice to the criminals responsible for the loss of so many innocent lives.

The criminal investigations by a joint investigation team is expected to come out with preliminary conclusions on the forensic research conducted, including the type of weapon used and other pertinent details, by the later part of this year, Liow said in a statement.

He also called for strengthening international cooperation to improve security standards in civil aviation, including the implementation of real time global tracking of commercial aircraft as well as addressing the risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones.

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