21 July 2008

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General welcomes release of post-nargis joint assessment final report

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes today’s release of the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment Final Report on the margins of the ASEAN [Association of South-East Asian Nations] Foreign Ministers meeting in Singapore.  The report offers a comprehensive, credible assessment of the humanitarian and medium-term recovery needs in the affected areas.  As the product of an effective partnership between ASEAN, the United Nations and the Government of Myanmar, this report will help guide the relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar to ensure that the short- and medium-term needs of Cyclone Nargis survivors are properly addressed.

The Secretary-General congratulates ASEAN for the constructive role it has played in the successful Tripartite Core Group coordination mechanism.  He believes this partnership serves as a very good basis for further cooperation between the Government of Myanmar, ASEAN and the United Nations.

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