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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 8, 2008


Message of Condolence and Support for the Victims of the October 5 Earthquake in Kyrgyz Republic

We were saddened to learn about the devastation caused by the October 5 earthquake in southern Kyrgyzstan. Our sympathies go to the victims of this tragedy and their families.

The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek is working closely with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to assess the damage and to respond to the humanitarian needs in the remote areas affected by the quake. We will provide immediate emergency assistance and assess the need for additional aid in coming weeks and months.

The United States counts the Kyrgyz Republic as an important ally in Central Asia and is especially appreciative of the role it plays in support of international efforts to counter terrorism in Afghanistan. We will continue to work to address the effects of this disaster, and will work together and with other donors to help alleviate the effects of food insecurity and energy shortages during the upcoming winter.

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Released on October 8, 2008

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