Words of comfort
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (May 24) 'The whole world stands behind you and supports you.'
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (May 30) 'I would have felt uncomfortable if I failed to visit here. Timely support would be helpful to the disaster-stricken residents here.'
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (June 15) 'The situation is dramatic. I have conveyed the compassion of the German people but compassion is not enough. We must help.'
HK Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who visited with Macau counterpart Edmund Ho Hau-wah (June 29) 'I feel rather overwhelmed. I have seen a rather sad scene and human misery.'
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (June 29) 'I've been tremendously impressed with the recovery, with the resilience of the people.'