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Updated: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:12:57 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: 'Wronged' countries should secure crash site, Abbott says



An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard near the train transporting the remains of victims from the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane before its departure, with bags and suitcases of passengers seen in the foreground, from the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez, Donetsk region July 21, 2014. A train carrying victims from the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed has set off from the rebel-held town of Torez in eastern Ukraine, a Reuters witness said on Monday. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (© UKRAINE - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS TRANSPORT)

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard near the train transporting the remains of victims from the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane before its departure, with bags and suitcases of passengers seen in the foreground, from the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez, Donetsk region July 21, 2014. A train carrying victims from the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed has set off from the rebel-held town of Torez in eastern Ukraine, a Reuters witness said on Monday. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS TRANSPORT) - RTR3ZKKS Maxim ZMeyev/Reuters

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday countries that have been "so wronged" should take responsibility for securing the crime scene where the Malaysian jetliner was shot down in Ukraine, as the Dutch Prime Minister confirmed the train carrying victims' bodies has reached safe territory. 

Abbott listed Malaysia, Netherlands as well as Australia among countries wronged when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down last week, with the loss of 298 lives.

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But he did not say whether Australia, which lost 37 citizens and residents in the tragedy, would be prepared to send troops or police to secure the site for independent investigators, saying the security arrangements were still under discussion among government leaders.

"There does need to be security for the site and I would think that security for the site would be best be provided by the countries that have been so wronged here," Abbott told reporters.

"There's quite a long way to go between what we've got now and what we would like to see, which is a fully secure and protected site where investigators can go about their task without hindrance from others," he said.

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Despite the United Nations Security Council unanimously backing an Australian-drafted resolution on Monday demanding that pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site refrain from compromising evidence, Abbott said the site continued to be trampled.

"After the crime, comes the cover-up. What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale and obviously that has to stop," Abbott said.

Early Tuesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that train carrying the bodies of those recovered from the MH17 crash site has reached Ukraine-controlled territory. It is expected to arrive in Kharkiv shortly after 5 a.m. ET.

The bodies will eventually make their way to Amsterdam, where Dutch investigators will attempt to identify all of the remains.  

Protests in Kuala Lumpur 

Protesters have marched on Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur, waving placards and demanding justice for the victims of the downed passenger jet. 

About 100 demonstrators chanted "we want justice" and demanded that authorities catch whoever was responsible for downing the plane. 

The rally was organized by the youth wing of UMNO, Malaysia's largest political party.

A Russian embassy official earlier said that staff members had been ordered to stay inside the embassy compound. She did not want to give her name as she was not authorized to speak to the media.

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