31 May 2006

Secretary-General Deeply Saddened by Loss of Life from Earthquake in Indonesia; UN Stands Ready to Assist

NEW YORK, 30 May (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 27 May:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life, the hundreds of injuries and the destruction suffered by the people of Indonesia after the earthquake that struck Yogyakarta on the southern coast of Java.  He extends his deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured in the earthquake.

United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams have been alerted and stand ready to lend their assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster and to mobilize international support for that response as required.

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