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Organization of American States offers condolences and support to Japan.

The Americas offers help to Japan

 March 11, 2011 .- Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General José Miguel Insulza today offered his condolences and those of the Organization to the people of Japan, following the devastating earthquake which took a tragic toll in human lives and material damage there.

“I am dismayed by the violence of the earthquake and the brutality of the tsunami, and by their terrible consequences, the scope of which will unfortunately become known only in the next hours and days,” Secretary General Insulza said.
 “Our hearts are with the government and people of Japan, whom we know to be a fighting people that will seek to overcome this new blow of nature though it may cause an immeasurable human loss,” he added.
The head of the hemispheric organization expressed concern about the effect on other countries with Pacific coastlines, and asked for calm and trust in the emergency measures adopted by the authorities.
Insulza asserted that the OAS is making itself available to the Japanese authorities to help in any way possible, be it directly or as a go-between with its Member States. “Unfortunately, we in the Americas know too well the desolation and devastation that an event like this causes, as happened a little more than a year ago in Haiti and Chile, and we also know how useful, positive and comforting is the support that comes from abroad.”