New Zealand PM expresses condolences on Sichuan quake

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Sunday expressed condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in the Sichuan earthquake, and those still waiting for news about loved ones.

"A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Sichuan province in southwest China yesterday," Key said in a statement. "Latest reports from the Chinese authorities are that more than 160 people have lost their lives and thousands are injured," he said.

"On behalf of the New Zealand Government and the people of New Zealand, I would like to send a message of sympathy and support to China, and to Premier Li Keqiang, who is leading the search and rescue and relief effort in Sichuan."

"I met with Premier Li in Beijing just over a week ago and we discussed cooperation on disaster relief and humanitarian matters, " Key added.

"New Zealanders understand all too well the devastation that can be caused by earthquakes. We were hugely grateful for China's support following the Christchurch earthquake and New Zealand helped respond to the 2008 Sichuan quake.

"While China has not requested international assistance, New Zealand once again stands ready to provide technical support if required," he said.

"At this stage, there are no reports of any foreign nationals being injured in the earthquake. However, the New Zealand embassy in Beijing will continue to monitor the situation closely," said Key.

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