Australia says Malaysia can make call on MH370

2015-08-06 08:48
Police officers looking at a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion. (Reunion 1ere, AP)

Police officers looking at a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion. (Reunion 1ere, AP)

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Kuala Lumpur - Publicly, Australian officials are withholding criticism of Najib's announcement, with Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss saying Malaysia, as the government in charge of the investigation, had the right to make that call.

"We respect the view that they believe they have sufficient evidence to make a categorical statement of that nature," Truss told reporters. "The French inquiry, of course, has not been quite so conclusive."

Privately, however, there were questions about why Najib had moved forward with the statement before all officials had agreed.

An Australian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorised to speak publicly, said Malaysia wasn't supposed to make the announcement, and had gone out on its own making a conclusive statement before getting the evidence to back it up.


Families looking for closure after their relatives disappeared aboard flight 370 have vented frustration at conflicting signals from Malaysia and France over whether the finding of a plane part had been confirmed.

"Why the hell do you have one confirm and one not?" asked Christchurch, New Zealand, resident Sara Weeks, whose brother Paul Weeks was aboard the flight, which disappeared March 8 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"Why not wait and get everybody on the same page so the families don't need to go through this turmoil."

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