Leaders Offer Condolences to Padang Quake Victims


Condolences have come pouring in from the international community for the victims of Wednesday’s deadly earthquake that shook Padang, West Sumatra, and killed more than 500 people.
The quake occurred almost concurrently with a series of disasters that hit the Pacific region, including Typhoon Ketsana that swept the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, and the tsunami that smashed the Samoa Islands.
“I am greatly saddened by the news of the terrible natural disasters that have struck the Pacific over the past few days,” EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
“The EU nations are mobilizing to provide relief and have already earmarked a considerable amount for aid to the region.”
Singapore President S.R. Nathan, in a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said, “It was with great heaviness of heart that I learned of the devastation wreaked by yesterday’s earthquake.
“Singapore stands ready to support Indonesia through this difficult time in whatever ways we can. We are ready to deploy medical teams and to assist in search and rescue operations.”
Malaysia said it was “shocked and saddened” at the tragedy, expressing deep sympathy for the families of victims.
“The Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta has since confirmed that all 330 Malaysian students in Padang are safely accounted for,” Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry, known as Wisma Putra, said on its website.
Source: The Jakarta Post (01/10/2009)