Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday he appreciated the US government’s decision to support the resolution that also called for the continuation of an international investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
“Malaysia appreciates the support the US government extended to us in the aftermath of the MH370 and MH17 tragedies and for its support of a resolution to be presented before the ICAO Council.”
It was reported yesterday that Liow was in Washington to seek US assistance in locating MH370 and investigations into the downing of MH17.
“The ICAO resolution reaffirms the need for all countries to comply with international law that prohibits acts of violence that pose a threat to the safety of civilian aircraft.
“It stresses the importance to assist in the continuation and finalisation of a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the MH17 incident.”
He said there was a need for the
international community to collaborate
and take greater steps towards improving safety and security in civil aviation.
Liow said he would be attending the 203rd session of the ICAO Council in Montreal, Canada, next week.
“Malaysia intends to present its views and input to the council, with a view towards seeking consensus on the matter.
“Among the issues I will put forward to the council is the need to improve aircraft tracking by implementing real-time tracking, as well as the need to share information pertaining to flight risks.”
MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.