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Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General on the Quake

Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General on the earthquake in New Zealand

22 Feb 2011

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has written to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, in the wake of the earthquake which hit Christchurch on 21 February 2011.

"We have learned with distress and profound concern of the earthquake and aftershocks that have so severely blighted Christchurch yet again," he wrote.

"Our hearts and condolences go immediately to the bereaved. Our encouragement and solidarity go to the emergency services and so many others who are striving to assist those in need.

"The thoughts and prayers of fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world are with the people of New Zealand, and the residents of Christchurch especially, at this time of tragedy and challenge."

ENDS


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