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Malaysia very 'concerned' over crash site security

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Photo - Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai speaks about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 during a press conference at a hotel next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai speaks about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 during a press conference at a hotel next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's transport minister says the country is "deeply concerned" that the site in Ukraine where a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down with 298 people onboard "has not been properly secured."

Liow Tiong Lai said at a news conference Saturday in Kuala Lumpur that "the integrity of the site has been compromised, and there are indications that vital evidence has not been preserved in place."

He called for immediate access for Malaysia's team at the site to retrieve human remains. He said "we need the support of the world to ensure that the site is not tampered, that we have access to the site."

Liow, who again defended Malaysia Airlines' flying in Ukrainian airspace, said a Malaysian team arrived in Kiev earlier Saturday, two days after the plane went down.

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