25 Feb 2011

PNG's Somare sends condolences

10:55 am on 25 February 2011

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister has written to his New Zealand counterpart to express his country's condolences at the loss of life and destruction caused by the Christchurch earthquake.

The National newspaper reports that Sir Michael Somare conveyed to John Key, the deep sorrow of his government and people, about the terrible loss of lives and destruction caused to properties and public infrastructure.

Sir Michael says PNG values its bilateral ties with New Zealand and stands ready to offer any assistance for the recovery effort.

He says he's confident the strength of spirit and resilience of the New Zealand people, which has seen them overcome previous natural disasters, will see them through this tragedy.