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Concerns expressed by Next of Kin group, Voice 370

11 November 2014

The Australian Government acknowledges the concerns expressed by Voice 370 on 10 November 2014 concerning statements made by Malaysia Airlines.

The comments by Malaysia Airlines' Director, Hugh Dunleavy on 4 November 2014, claiming that Malaysia will be issuing a statement of loss for flight MH370, are greatly disturbing for the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board MH370.

We note that overnight Malaysia Airlines has issued a statement advising that Mr Dunleavy's comments were a personal opinion only, and also highlights that the company is not involved in any way in the search activities.

Under international convention the Malaysian Government carries overall responsibility for the search and any declarations in relation to MH370.

Australia continues to lead the search for MH370 on behalf of Malaysia and remains committed to providing all necessary assistance in the search for the aircraft. We owe this to the families of those on board MH370.