On Monday 21 July a sad gathering took place in Nieuwegein to commemorate the victims of the terrible tragedy in Ukraine with flight MH17. The Netherlands is in grief and agony. Everybody in the Netherlands seems to know someone who is directly affected by this terrible loss. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr. Frans Timmermans, made a strong statement in the UN Security Council last night in which he called for respect for human dignity and justice.
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With the status of The Hague as the city of peace and justice there is no other option than to bring those who can be held accountable for this tragic event to justice. Meanwhile, there is the hope that the relevant authorities will do everything possible to bring the remains of the victims to the Netherlands. The Dutch government has been requested to coordinate the efforts accordingly. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all those who are in grief. They will need our moral and material support and assistance over the coming years. Seeing the remains back in the Netherlands to bury the loved ones and see justice done will help to alleviate some of the pain.