THE HAGUE - Malaysia wants an immediate ceasefire to be imposed around the MH17 crash site in Ukraine for international investigators to obtain unfettered access to the site, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He called on all the parties to respect the lives that had been lost in the tragedy and to secure the integrity of the site.
"We ask that there be an immediate cessation of hostilities in and around the MH17 crash site - by both Ukrainian and separatist forces," he said at a press conference with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the Binnenhof on Thursday.
Rutte said Malaysia and the Netherlands shared three priorities - bring the victims and their personal belongings home, determine the cause of the disaster and bring the perpetrators to justice.
He said both countries were united in grief at the death of so many of their citizens on July 17.
"We will have to seriously take into account the possibility that we will not be able to gain access (to the crash site) in the coming days.
"But you may rest assured that we will continue to try again and again to reach the crash site so that the experts can do their work," he said.