Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic has invited children affected by the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan to spend the summer in Slovakia. Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík has also offered parliament's recreational facility in Častá-Papiernička for this purpose.
Lipšic, who made the offer to the Japanese Ambassador to Slovakia Yoshio Nomoto, said that during the summer holiday several dozen children from the earthquake- and tsunami-hit areas in Japan may arrive in Slovakia on board a Slovak government plane and rest in some of the leisure facilities of the Interior Ministry. More details will be known after the Slovak side has checked Japanese families’ interest in the offer, but the capacity of the government plane will probably be the main limit on the number of children who arrive. The Japanese government will choose the children, the SITA newswire wrote.
The Japanese ambassador will discuss the offer with the respective authorities in Japan. However, he said he is not able to estimate interest among Japanese children. "They are now preoccupied with adjusting to the situation. They have lost family, homes and were even relocated from the places where they had lived. It may take time to consider the offer with a cool head," the ambassador said. Slovakia has offered and delivered humanitarian assistance to Japan, which ended up in Sendai. The ambassador met Lipšic to thank Slovakia for the offer on behalf of the Japanese government.
Slovakia offered humanitarian aid to Japan immediately after it was hit by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in mid-March. Slovakia supplied material worth €140,000 comprising six tonnes of tents, sleeping bags and clothing. The EU provided Japan with financial and material humanitarian aid worth approximately €15.3 million. Slovakia offered financial aid of €100,000 in addition to the humanitarian supplies.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. May 2011 at 14:00