Prime Minister Rutte has declared that Wednesday, July 23, 2014, will be a National Day of Mourning. On this day the first victims of flight MH17 will arrive in Eindhoven.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans spoke at the UN Security Council on July 21 about the tragedy of flight MH17, and how "the demise of almost 200 of my compatriots has left a hole in the heart of the Dutch nation, has caused grief, anger and despair."
Prime Minister Mark Rutte outlined the latest developments late Sunday concerning the air disaster in Ukraine.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a new statement today on the air disaster in Ukraine involving flight MH17.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans issued a statement on the air disaster in Ukraine involving flight MH17. According to the prime minister, the government's priority is to "achieve clarity by means of an independent investigation." The foreign minister announced that he would be traveling to Ukraine this evening.
An online condolence register can be found at www.condoleance.nl (Dutch) and www.condolences.eu (English)
The Netherlands is deeply shocked by the terrible air disaster involving flight MH17. We mourn all those who were on board, whatever their nationality. Our thoughts are with their loved ones, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. The Dutch government is doing all it can to gain clarity for the victims’ families as swiftly as possible. The Netherlands is pressing for an independent and transparent international investigation and calls on all those involved to provide full and immediate cooperation. A crisis team has been set up at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. Relatives of victims can contact the Ministry on +31 (0)70 348 7770.
The terrible news about the crash of flight MH17 over Ukrainian territory has deeply shocked me. Just like the rest of the Netherlands, my wife and I follow the news to the minute and we hope to have more clarity soon. We offer or deepest sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims and to those who are still uncertain if their loved ones were on board the plane.
I am deeply shocked by the dramatic reports about the crash of flight MH17 of Malaysian Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian territory. A lot is still unclear about the cause, the circumstances and the passengers. I just spoke to the Ukrainian President. I am now on my way back to The Netherlands to follow this situation further in The Hague and to act accordingly. Our thoughts go out to the passengers, their family and their friends.
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