BELGRADE, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Serbian leaders sent on Monday telegrams of condolences to their Italian counterparts for the victims of a major earthquake that had rocked central Italy.
"Please accept my deepest condolences for the disastrous earthquake that stroke your country," Serbian President Boris Tadic said in a telegram of condolences to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
"The people of Serbia share in your grief over the great number of victims and huge material damage the earthquake has caused," Tadic said.
Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic sent a message of condolence to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for the victims of the earthquake.
"The news about the earthquake in Italy that has claimed many lives has disturbed us deeply. On behalf of myself and the Serbian government I offer to you and the families of the victims our heartfelt condolences," Cvetkovic said in his message.
Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Ivica Dacic sent messages of condolence to both Alessandro Merollathe Italian Ambassador to Serbia and Guido Bertolaso, head of the Italian Civil Protection Directorate, for the victims of the earthquake.
On behalf of the Interior Ministry's earthquake emergency teams, Dacic offered their assistance to Italy.
At least 100 people were killed in the powerful earthquake that hit the central part of Italy early Monday morning. The earthquake, which was 6.2 degrees on the Richter scale, brought down a number of houses in the ancient town of L'Aquila, some 100 kilometers northeast of Rome.