South African Government Statement on the Earthquake in Indonesia
African Diplomatic missions in the South East Asia Region continue to monitor
developments following the devastating earthquake that struck off the coast of
Sumatra Islands on Monday 28 March 2005.
In this regard, the diplomatic
missions are in liaison with authorities in the affected areas with a view to
determining whether there were any South Africans affected by the earthquake.
At this stage, however, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana
Dlamini Zuma, has not received any reports of South African injuries or casualties
from either our diplomatic missions or Indonesian authorities.
South African diplomatic missions in the region continue to monitor and report
to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria on developments on an ongoing basis.
Africa reiterates its heartfelt condolences to the Government and peoples of Indonesia
following this disaster. As President Thabo Mbeki said earlier today, South Africa
stands ready to assist the people of Indonesia during these trying times, within
its limited resources.
At this stage, however, no request for assistance
has been received from the Indonesian authorities.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa
Department of Foreign Affairs