Pm Abbott Goes Nuts over MH17 Mission
By Athena Yenko | July 28, 2014 9:06 AM EST
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is going "nuts" over MH17 tragedy, European analysts say.
A Malaysian air crash investigator (R) inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Rozsypne, Donetsk region, July 22, 2014. A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia's decision to send more armed Australian Federal Police to the crash site of MH17. The ADF shall help recover corpses and other pertinent proof from the area.
''That is our mission, to secure the remains, to assist the investigation and to obtain justice for the victims and their loved ones,'' Mr Abbott said.
However, European senior defence figure said that the prime minister's plan was incredulous and "nuts."
''They can't secure the site. It's kilometres long and wide. They could escort Australian officials and provide close protection, but this is a civil task rather than a military task and it's a terribly volatile area. For any military deployment, you have to look at a status of forces agreement with the government and, given the area the aircraft is in, I don't think there is anyone to make that agreement with. What I've heard is the rebels don't want more than 30 investigators there," the European official (name withheld) said.
''They must be nuts. It's a very dangerous proposal and will be seen as a provocation by the separatists and the Russians," Marshall Fund of the United States also said.
''There's nothing normal in east Ukraine right now. Small events can trigger very large reactions from the rebels and the Russian government," Fredrik Erixon, the director of the European Centre for the International Political Economy in Brussels said.
However, Mr Abbott is supported by Australia's very own political figures.
NSW Coalition Mike Baird said he was proud of how the prime minister is handling the MH17 tragedy.
"He has handled the events of last week like no one else I can imagine. He has responded as a leader, as a father, as a husband, not in response to some cautious diplomatic briefing ... he was responding for our families, for our state, for our country ... he is doing an outstanding job and we are very lucky to have him," Baird said.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey is also proud of the prime minister saying that he is the embodiment of Australian values.
"The leadership Tony Abbott, (Foreign Minister) Julie Bishop ... and the entire team has shown over the tragic, heinous event in Ukraine ... the values of Australia that are embodied in our Prime Minister. It's in moments of adversity that we want strength and the strength displayed by the government reflects the inner strength of the Australian people."
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