New York

21 April 2013

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the earthquake in China

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.