22 April 2013

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

Secretary-General, Saddened by China Earthquake Toll, Stresses Readiness

To Provide Aid, Mobilize International Support


The following statement was issued on 21 April by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life, injuries and destruction caused by the earthquake and aftershocks that struck yesterday in Sichuan Province of China.

The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the Chinese Government and people.  He expresses his deepest sympathies, in particular to those who have lost loved ones or been otherwise affected by this disaster.

The United Nations stands ready to provide assistance and to mobilize any international support that may be needed.

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