22 February 2011

Solidarity with the people and nation of New Zealand as horrifying earthquake strikes Christchurch

Scenes of utter destruction confront the people of Christchurch
ETLJB wishes to express strong solidarity and deepest sympathy with the people of New Zealand after a terrible earthquake shattered the city of Christchurch today at 12.50pm local time leaving at least 65 dead and a swathe of destruction across the city with roads destroyed, electricity and communications infrastructures severely damaged.

The people of New Zealand have a long and supportive relationship with East Timor through aid donations and the deployment of peacekeepers.

The Prime Minister John Keys has described the disaster as New Zealand's darkest day. Many remain trapped in collapsed buildings and are in our prayers for a safe rescue and recovery.

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