Malaysia says negotiation on search for MH370 still ongoing

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-20 18:35:19|Editor: Zhou Xin
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia on Friday repudiated previous media reports that it had struck a "no cure no fee" deal with a U.S. firm to resume the search operation for missing aircraft MH370, saying negotiation work is still ongoing.

The MH370 Response Team has received several proposals from a number of interested parties to search for MH370, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Department of Civil Aviation in a statement, adding that these offers have been thoroughly assessed by the response team and the governments of Australia and China have been informed this development.

He noted that though the response team has been permitted by the Malaysian government to proceed negotiating with Ocean Infinity, it has yet to arrive into an agreement with the U.S. firm.

He added that once the negotiation is completed and the terms and conditions have been agreed with Ocean Infinity, Malaysia will then seek agreement from the Australia and China to proceed with the search of MH370.

But according to Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester, who issued a statement also on Friday, Malaysia has accepted the offer from Ocean Infinity and will proceed with the search, to which the Australian government will provide technical assistance.

MH370, a Boeing 777 carrying 239 on board, went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.