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Special> Aftermath of the Quake> Latest News
UPDATED: May 19, 2008  
Int'l Community Offers More Condolences, Aid over China's Deadly Quake

More countries and international organizations have, by various means, offered their condolences and aid over a deadly earthquake in southwestern China.

Among the leaders who sent messages to Chinese President Hu Jintao are:

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe,

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

Chairman of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Presidency Haris Silajdzic.

Among the leaders who sent messages to Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo are: Speaker of the Lower House of Tajikistan's Supreme Assembly Sadullo Khairulloyev.

Foreign leaders who send messages of condolence to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao are:

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,

Tajik Prime Minister Akil Akilov,

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Also offering condolences to China are: Japanese Speaker of the House of Representatives Yohei Kono, British Finance Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, former Romanian Prime Minister, member of parliament Adrian Nastase, Antonio Maria Costa, director general of UN Office at Vienna and executive director of Drug Control and Crime Prevention Office, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, Tibor Toth, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

The Portuguese parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, has passed a bill to extend condolences to China over the devastating earthquake.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea offered 100,000 U.S. dollars in aid to China.

The Mongolian government provided 50,000 dollars to help earthquake victims in China. The Turkish government has decided to provide 2 million dollars in aid to China.

The European Union's Humanitarian Aid Office has decided to provide emergency relief funding of 2 million euros to China via the International Red Cross Federation and other agencies.

The Canadian government will provide 1 million Canadian dollars (about 1 million U.S. dollars) through the International Red Cross Federation and will provide additional aid to match private donations made to aid groups working on disaster relief in China. The Ontario provincial government has announced it would provide 1million Canadian dollars to China.

The Samoan government provided 100,000 dollars in aid to Chinese earthquake victims.

The Slovenian government has decided to provide 100,000 euros (100,000 dollars) in aid to China while the Albanian government has decided to provide 40,000 dollars.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said the country's Red Crescent Society will provide 62.4 tons of relief materials to China.

The Japanese government has decided to provide 50 blood dialyzers to China.

The fourth batch of 32.5 tons of relief materials from the Russian government has arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan's provincial capital.

The Kyrgyz government will provide China with 120 tons of relief materials.

The French government will add another 130,000 euros (195,000 dollars) worth of relief materials on top of the 250,000 euros (375,000 dollars) worth of relief materials to China. The materials have arrived in Chengdu.

The Italian government will provide 1.5 million euros worth of relief materials, the first shipment of which has arrived in Chengdu. Earlier, Italy provided 500,000 euros (750,000 dollars) in aid to China.

The Serbian government has decided to provide disaster relief materials to China.

(Xinhua News Agency May 19, 2008)

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