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IP/09/1395

Brussels, 30 September 2009

Statement by Commissioner Karel De Gucht on tsunami in Pacific Islands

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for development, humanitarian aid and relations with Pacific states, has expressed his solidarity with the island communities that were struck by the tsunami. Commissioner De Gucht has underlined that Europe stands ready to assist in any way it can.

Commissioner De Gucht said, "I would like to offer my condolences to those families who have lost relatives in this tragedy and to the authorities of Samoa and American Samoa as well as the other Pacific island nations affected by this disaster. Let me assure you that the European Commission and its humanitarian department (ECHO) are closely monitoring the situation along with its humanitarian partners in case international emergency assistance is needed."


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