MH17 trial best option for justice: Bishop

3 years on, families honor loved ones lost on downed MH17

MH17 trial best option for justice: Bishop

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will join government and global officials at a solemn ceremony to dedicate the memorial in the park of Vijfhuizen, close to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport where the flight took off from on July 17, 2014.

"We will work as hard as we can to ensure that the families of those who were killed do receive justice and can have some closure after this atrocity that occurred three years ago", Ms Bishop told the ABC.

Three years on from the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine, the Australian government is staunchly committed to bringing those responsible to justice.

While most of the victims were Dutch, there were 17 nationalities on board including Australians, Britons, Malaysians and Indonesians.

It was shot down by a Russian-made Buk missile over eastern Ukrainian territory held by pro-Russia separatists, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in 2015.

According to him, this crime might not have happened if a Russian missile had not been delivered from the territory of Russia amid the Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that tribunal would be "counterproductive".

In addition to renewed calls for accountability, leaders also expressed their ongoing condolences.

One tree for each victim was planted with the forest forming the shape of a ribbon
MH17 trial best option for justice: Bishop

"A tree symbolises "hope" and "future" in many cultures", the victims' families association said in a statement.

The commemoration ceremony included the unveiling of a "living memorial" designed by artist Ronald A. Westerhuis and landscape architect Robbert de Koning.

"We not only want to honour the MH17 victims, but also want to create a place where everyone can keep their memories of the 298 passengers alive".

The monument for the victims near Schiphol Airport will be a memorial forest featuring one tree for each of the victims.

At the center of the trees is an eye-shaped steel sculpture that looks up toward the sky.

Sunflowers, which have been planted around the trees, will "radiate a golden glow" as well as recall the fields of sunflowers that cover fields in the area of eastern Ukraine where wreckage from flight MH17 was found. Though more than 100 people are wanted in connection with the tragedy, no one has been arrested to date.

"I certainly urge Russian Federation to comply with the (UN) Security Council resolution and do all it can to help bring these people to account", she said.

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