23 January 2003

Secretary-General Deeply Saddened by Loss of Life Following Mexican Earthquake; Says United Nations Stands Ready to Assist

NEW YORK, 22 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has learned with great concern of an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale near the States of Jalisco and Colima, Mexico. He is deeply saddened by the loss of life, injuries and destruction that have resulted from the disaster. He wishes to convey his condolences to the people and the Government of Mexico and his heartfelt sympathy to all who have suffered as a result of the disaster. The United Nations recognizes the prompt response of Mexican authorities to the needs created by the earthquake and stands ready to assist them, should they request support in these endeavours.

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