Like millions of others worldwide, I have been deeply shocked by the pictures on television of the catastrophic air disaster over eastern Ukraine last Thursday 17th July, involving the apparent shooting down by one or more surface to air missiles, of the Malaysian Airways Boeing 777 passenger aircraft flight number MH17 with the total loss of all 298 innocent passengers and crew including 80 children.
I would like to add my personal condolences to all the many tributes posted on the Internet to the families and friends of those, of whatever nationality, who perished in such unimaginable circumstances.
Such an evil act must not go unpunished by whomsoever was responsible for this appalling act of treachery. The vast family of law abiding and free nations must pull together to establish the full truth of what happened and to hold the guilty to account.
To the deceased, may their souls rest in peace, and to their families and friends, may you find some strength from the knowledge that millions of people worldwide share your grief and sorrow.