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China, Australia, Malaysia start trilateral arrangements for MH370 search


05-12-2014 19:42 BJT

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Malaysia’s defence minister says that China, Australia and Malaysia have been working to push forward trilateral arrangements to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370. Hishammuddin Hussein, also the country’s acting transport minister, was speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, after talks with the visiting Australian Navy chief, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

"The trilateral meeting between China, Australia and Malaysia has now been put into place, and I am very happy to hear that the Ocean Shield and the Bluefin-21 have been redeployed yesterday. Tomorrow, in the Australian Parliament they’re going to table the way forward. On Wednesday I will be tabling to the Malaysian Cabinet our planned trilateral arrangement," Hishammuddin Hussein said.

Hishammuddin ALSO said that he would discuss the costs for the search of missing Flight MH370 with his counterparts as the operation might become a "long haul". More than two dozen countries have been involved in the hunt for the Boeing 777 that disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March the 8th with 239 people on board. Most of them were Chinese. Weeks of daily sorties have failed to turn up any trace of the plane, even after narrowing the search to an arc in the southern Indian Ocean.

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