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Brussels, 11 March 2011
Message of solidarity by President Barroso and President Van Rompuy on the earthquake in Japan
"We are deeply concerned at the news of the devastating earthquake which has struck Japan, causing a number of fatalities and serious material damage. The European Union expresses its solidarity and condolences to the people and government of Japan, and to the families of the victims at this difficult time. We stand ready to assist in any way we can in case of need."