27 March 2014
With 26 nations hovering over disputed waters and fragile security zones, the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean seems like a giant game of Risk.
A United Nation’s agency is in charge of multi-national search and rescue operations.
But the latest drama has exposed its limits.
Some experts are urging that the rules be changed to ensure countries share accurate data and allow greater access to naval ships searching for wreckage in foreign waters.
… “The incident has exposed how fragile the current joint search and rescue mechanism is,” said Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “The whole saga shows that countries still put national sovereignty and territorial concerns over humanitarian needs. The countries do not want to share data because they don’t want others to know about their radar coverage.”
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