Dutch Foreign Minister Gives Incredibly Moving Speech On MH17 Crash

“I’ve been thinking how horrible it must have been, the final moments of their lives, when they know the plane was going down,” Frans Timmermans said.

1. “We’re here to discuss a tragedy… Men, women, and a staggering number of children lost their lives on their way to their holiday destinations, their homes, loved ones or international obligations, such as an important HIV/AIDS conference in Australia.”

Of the 298 people who were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down, 193 were from the Netherlands.

2. “Since Thursday, I’ve been thinking how horrible it must have been, the final moments of their lives, when they know the plane was going down,” Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans told a U.N. Security Council meeting on Monday.

3. “Did they lock hands with their loved ones? Did they hold their children close to their hearts? Did they look each other in the eyes one final time in a wordless goodbye? We will never know.”

4. “For the Netherlands, one priority clearly stands out above all others: bring the victims’ remains home.”

5. Watch the moving speech here:

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