8 November 2012

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

Secretary-General Extends Condolences to Families Affected by Earthquake,


Offers Assistance to Guatemalan Government, People


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

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, and the damage to homes and infrastructure in Guatemala as a result of the earthquake that struck off the coast of the country near the border with Mexico on 7 November.  He extends his sincere condolences to the Guatemalan Government and people, particularly the families of those who have been killed or otherwise affected in this disaster. 

The United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts already under way by the Guatemalan authorities to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster, and to mobilize any international support needed for that response.

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