New Zealand mourns Japan’s tragedy
Rt Hon John Key
12 March 2011
New Zealand mourns Japan’s
Prime Minister John Key says he
has watched with horror at the scenes of devastation in the
wake of the earthquake and tsunami that has struck Japan in
the past few hours.
“Our hearts go out to the
Japanese Government and its people.
responded to New Zealand’s own tragic earthquake with
enormous support, and we are ready to help our friends in
Japan at this time of need in whatever way we can.
“Our deepest sympathies are with those who have been
caught up in this most terrible
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