Press Releases

    SG/SM/9147
    9 February 2004

    Secretary-General “Profoundly Saddened” at Loss of Life from Earthquake in Indonesia

    NEW YORK, 6 February (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General was profoundly saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and terrible damage caused by yesterday’s earthquake in the Papua province of Indonesia.  He extends his sincere condolences to the people of Indonesia as they cope with the effects of the disaster.  The Secretary-General hopes that the international community will give generous and timely assistance to the Government and people of Indonesia.  The United Nations stands ready to lend its support in mobilizing international relief efforts.

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