EUR 100,000 for Japan, but material aid is held up
Slovakia will contribute EUR 100,000 in aid to the Japanese Red Cross, announced foreign minister Mikulas Dzurinda yesterday. The money is intended to help deal with the consequences of the earthquakes and tsunami, which have left the east of the country destroyed.
Material aid in the for of blankets, sleeping bags and other equipment that Slovakia planned to dispatch to Japan have not been sent yet because of the sheer weight, as they cannot be taken by plane. The supplies are being kept in a warehouse until appropriate transport is arranged.
President Ivan Gasparovic signed a book of condolences today at the Japanese Embassy in the centre of Bratislava, and expressed hiss admiration at the resilience of the Japanese people in being able to deal with such a series of catastrophic events.