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Germany Offers Help to Turkey After Quake, Westerwelle Says

October 23, 2011

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Germany has offered help to Turkey after an earthquake hit the eastern province of Van, Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Turkish government, the Turkish people and especially the people in the affected Van region,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said today in an e-mailed statement. “I have already offered our help to the Turkish government.”

In a separate statement, the Green Party called on Germany and the international community to provide fast and “unbureaucratic” support of rescue workers.

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