Frans Timmermans, Netherlands Delegate to the UN Speech on MH17
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Prince Laurent attended the ceremony for the victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at Eindhoven Airbase.
This is truly a heartbreaking picture…
Victims of the MH17 crash coming back to the Netherlands.
Many more to come in the next few days.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Rutte at the airbase in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 23 July 2014, during the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane with the first bodies of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine arrives from Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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Wednesday July 23 has been designated an official day of mourning to remember those who died on flight MH17, prime minister Mark Rutte has announced.
Flags will be at half mast on government buildings and church bells will be rung for five minutes prior to the landing of the first plane bringing back the first bodies of the dead.
The planes is expected to arrive at Eindhoven air base at 16.00 hours.
Relatives, king Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima, prime minister Mark Rutte and deputy premier Lodewijk Asscher will be present at the airport. A one-minute silence will be observed shortly after the arrival.
MPs from the VVD, ChristenUnie, SGP among others had urged parliament to proclaim a national day of mourning earlier but prime minister Mark Rutte said such a day was not in keeping with Dutch tradition.
The Netherlands does commemorate important occasions such as the 1953 floods which killed nearly 2,000 people but rarely declares official days of mourning. The last time this happened was when queen Wilhelmina’s died in 1962.
193 Dutch nationals died when the Boeing 777 traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in rebel-held Ukraine, close to the Russian border. Many were families leaving for their summer holiday. The dead include 80 teenagers, children and babies.