STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On China Earthquake

United Nations General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expresses his most sincere sympathies to all victims over the devastation caused by the powerful earthquake in Sichuan Province in China. He is extending his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster.

The President extends his support to the authorities in China in their effort to mitigate the aftereffects of the earthquake and welcomes the readiness of the international community – including and especially on the part of the United Nations system -- to assist the country and the people of China to overcome the immediate humanitarian as well as longer term infrastructural effects of the devastation of this natural catastrophe.

New York
12 May 2008

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