29 October 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11891

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

SECRETARY-GENERAL SADDENED BY DEATH, DESTRUCTION FROM PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE,


SAYS UNITED NATIONS STANDS READY TO LEND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE


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


The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property suffered by the people of Baluchistan, Pakistan, after the earthquake that struck the area this morning.  He extends his deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed, injured or made homeless by the earthquake. 


The United Nations has been in contact with Pakistani officials and is assessing the situation in collaboration with them.  The United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster, including by using existing resources and providing grants from emergency funds, and to mobilize international support for that response, if required. 


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