Saturday, April 02, 2005 The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

South Korea — which actively participated in relief operations in tsunami-hit Aceh — sent its condolences to earthquake victims on Nias and Sumeulue islands and dispatched a medical team, the South Korean Embassy in Jakarta announced on Friday.

The 8.7-magnitude quake struck the islands late Monday and claimed hundreds of lives.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and foreign minister Ban Ki-moon sent on Tuesday their condolences to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and foreign minister Hassan Wirayuda respectively.

"On behalf of the people and the government of the Republic of Korea, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and to the victims and their families," Roh said in his message, a copy of which was made available to The Jakarta Post by the Korean Embassy.

"On behalf of the Korean people and on my behalf, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you and to the victims of the disaster," Ban said in his message.

The embassy's press and culture attach‚, Kim Sang-sool, told the Post that the Korean Food for the Hungry International (KFHI) dispatched on Thursday a 11-member medical team from Korea to Nias.

A Korean non-governmental organization, Good Neighbors, has already sent a five-member team to the quake-hit area.

Kim also said his government and the Indonesian government were discussing relief funds and materials to be sent to Nias.