Bulgaria ready to offer help to Japan on earthquake: PM

12:38, March 12, 2011      

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Bulgaria is ready to offer 20 firefighters to join the rescue efforts in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami there, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced on Friday.

Bulgaria's offer came during the European Union Summit in Brussels, where the EU leaders adopted a declaration over the Japan disaster. According to the press center of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers, the technical details are being worked out with the Japanese Embassy in Sofia.

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian leaders have separately offered sympathy over the devastation in Japan. Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov sent a letter of condolences to Emperor Akihito of Japan, Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva to the leaders of Japan's House of Representatives and House of Councillors, Takahiro Yokomichi and Takeo Nishioka, respectively, and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov to his Japanese counterpart Naoto Kan.

"Regarding this tragic incident that brought pain and sorrow to many, please extend to the families and relatives of the victims and the injured our sincere sympathy and condolences," the Bulgarian president wrote as quoted by his press secretariat. On behalf of the Bulgarian people and himself, he expressed hope that those injured in the disaster will recover quickly.

Countries and aid groups announced in succession to offer help to Japan's rescue efforts after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the country on Friday, triggering a 10-meter tsunami that swept away houses, farmland and vehicles.

Source: Xinhua

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