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Investigations into MH17 tragedy must not be hindered: ASEAN

ASEAN calls for a full, independent and transparent investigation into the MH17 catastrophe, and says it strongly condemns the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane. 

SINGAPORE: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) says it strongly condemns the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, and expressed shock over the death of 298 people on board.

"ASEAN member states underline that it is imperative that we find out precisely what happened to Flight MH17. We call for a full, independent and transparent investigation into the catastrophe. We emphasise that investigations must not be hindered," the grouping said in a statement released on Sunday (July 20).

ASEAN noted that MH17 had been flying over non-restricted airspace, and had been following a flight path which had been declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

"It is a flight route that is utilised by many international airlines plying the Asia-Europe route," the statement read.

It also says ASEAN members convey profound sorrow and condolences to families and loved ones of those on board MH17.

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