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TERROR IN THE SKY: How Najib got the deal




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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had two major issues to tackle as he negotiated with the Ukrainian rebels for the return of the black boxes and bodies of the passengers at the crash site of the doomed MH 17.

Safety of his team and diplomatic protocol.

Sending a 12-person team lead by Col Mohammad Sakri of the Malaysian National Security Council was fraught with risks as the rebel-held eastern Ukraine was like a cowboy country with lawlessness the order of the day.

The Wall Street Journal quoted a source as saying: “Tell the people it was Malaysia’s plane and the team is going through to recover our dead and the plane, and that it is only right.”

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The other sticking point was the decision to negotiate with the terrorists and thus giving them the recognition they were looking for. Something the West was reluctant to do.

The agreement between the two sides called the crash site the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. “That offered a level of apparent recognition that even the rebels’ main backer – Russia – has avoided” said the paper.

An aide to the rebel leader was quoted by the paper as saying: “It is a tragic occasion, but we’ve proven we can be a subject of an inter-governmental agreement.”

Najib was in charge the moment news got out that MH 17 had been shot down by the Ukrainian rebels, a departure from when MH 370 disappeared four months ago. He handled both the private negotiations with rebels, keeping the details close to his chest, and the press conferences.

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