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Australia to keep pressure on, for start to MH17 probe

Australia to keep pressure on, for start to MH17 probe

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is still at the United Nations in New York, working with other countries on ways to secure the site of the plane crash.

Ms Bishop is warning that it will take some time for the bodies of the victims to be repatriated, and she says DNA will have to be used to identify some.

The foreign minister says her focus now is to make sure there's action on the Australian-sponsored resolution for an investigation passed by the Security Council.

And she says once the crash site is secured, that investigation into just who was responsible can proceed.

Speaker: Julie Bishop, Australia's Foreign Minister

JULIE BISHOP: The securing of it is our absolute priority now and that's what I've been doing all throughout today in New York, working with our counterparts to ensure that we can secure the site and we can implement the terms of the resolution as soon as possible.

As far as the evidence is concerned, we have been of the view for some time that we know how this occurred; there will be more evidence to back that conclusion, but we need to determine who is responsible and that's why the investigation is so important.

There is evidence other than the kind of evidence that will be on the site that will prove who did it.

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