World leaders offer solace to China quake victims

May 15th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 15 (Xinhua) Heads of states and international aid organisations Thursday offered condolences to the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit China’s southwestern province of Sichuan Monday. The quake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, caused widespread damage across the region. The survivors desperately need medical help, food and water. According to a government estimate, 15,000 people have been killed in the quake.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed deep condolences and sympathy to the Chinese people and the victim’s relatives. He said the Chinese people have the courage, will and determination to win the battle against the calamity.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul expressed his deepest and sincere sympathy to the Chinese people and the bereaved families of the earthquake victims.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the victims and wished for an early recovery of those injured in the disaster. Armenia was ready to provide assistance to China’s relief efforts, they said.

Central African Republic President Francois Bozize and Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera offered solace to the Chinese government and people, saying the Central African people will stand side by side with the Chinese people to face the disaster.

Guinea Bissau’s President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Foreign Minister Maria da Conceicao Nobre Cabral said people in their country cherish a special feeling for their Chinese brothers. They offered deep condolences to the Chinese people in this moment of grief.

Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma expressed deep sorrow for the victims of the earthquake and offered his sympathy to the Chinese government and people.

Vanuatuan Prime Minister Vanuaroroa Ham Lini also expressed sorrow for the losses caused by the quake, saying that he believed the Chinese people would win the battle against the disaster and life in the quake-hit areas would soon return to normal.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda expressed heartfelt condolence and deep sympathy to China, saying that ADB is willing to provide support for the reconstruction efforts in the affected areas.

Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), Koichiro Matsuura, expressed deep sorrow for the massive casualties in the quake.

Unesco will try its best to provide help and assistance to China whenever it is necessary, he said.

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