Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak’s statement on MH17 agreement

Chalk one up for common sense and a modicum of wisdom. Whilst much can still go wrong, the agreement between the Malaysian Prime Minister and Alexander Borodai is a small light in a rather dark period.

The NYT had a brief piece discussing the agreement. They pondered why Najib succeeded where “heavyweights” had failed.

A big question, which was not immediately clear, was why the Ukrainian separatists chose to deal with the Malaysians at a time when the separatists were under pressure by many countries to release the bodies and surrender the black boxes.

One possible advantage for Malaysia is that it has long been a leading member of the nonaligned movement of developing countries that sought during the Cold War to steer a neutral course between the United States and the Soviet Union. More recently, Malaysia has tried to maintain good relations with Russia, China and the United States at the same time.

Update: The WSJ provides some details on how the agreement was reached.

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