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Representatives of EU institutions, Foreign Missions to the EU, Chinese Communities and Chinese Students in Europe Continue to Arrive in the Chinese Mission to Mourn the Victims in Sichuan Earthquake
2008-05-21 00:00

On May 20, Mr. Robert Cooper, Director General for External Relations of the Council of European Union, Mr. Alexander-Michael Graf von Schwerin, Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee, diplomats and representatives from Permanent Mission to the EU of the Slovenia Presidency, Poland, Ireland, Ambassador and Councilor of the Mission of Norway and Bangladesh, Chinese students studying at the EU interpretation section and local Chinese communities arrived in succession at the Chinese Mission. They signed on the book of condolence and paid homage to the families of the victims. Visitors donated funds in expression of sympathy, condolence and support to the families of the victims and the Chinese Government and people. Mr. Cooper said he felt profound grief at the earthquake and was following the situation closely. He expressed deep grief at the tragic event and was deeply impressed by the efficiency of China's rescue operations and stated that the earthquake reflected our common humanities. Mr. Alexander-Michael Graf von Schwerin, Vice President of the Economic and social committee expressed on behalf of the European Economic and Social Committee and President Dimitris Dimitriadis on his trip to Greece, who asked him to convey the condolences to the victims. The European Economic and Social Committee and its thousands of member associations are seeking to contribute to the rescue and relief endeavor in China. Permanent Mission of Slovenia expressed the deepest sympathy and condolences to the Chinese people for the many lost lives and properties. Chinese students in Brussels said that while they are abroad, their hearts and thoughts are with the motherland and they expressed condolence and mourning in various ways. They believed that under the strong leadership of the Chinese Government, the Chinese people will prevail over the disaster.

Madame Gu Jing, wife of Director-General of Consular Department of Belgium, Foreign Ministry donated over 1,000 Euros of her charity sales and asked the Chinese Mission to forward it to the affected students in Sichuan. She expressed sympathy for the affected population in Sichuan where she visited in the past, and asked to contribute her modest efforts to the rescue and relief operations. Flower shops in Brussels especially brought flowers to the Chinese Mission in condolence of the victims.

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