|SG Ban Ki-moon mourns quake victims at Chinese Mission to the UN|
|New York, 19 May 2008|
Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General,
On Monday morning, 19 May 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to the Permanent Mission of China to the UN to mourn the people killed in the Sichuan earthquake. Mr. Ban bowed and stood in silence to mourn the quake victims. He asked Ambassador Wang Guangya, China's Permanent Representative to the UN, to convey to the bereaved families his condolences and sympathy and those of the UN Secretariat staff.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in the Condolence Book: "China's loss is greater than many of the world can fathom. The international community stands behind the great people of China in the face of this massive tragedy. Your strength, resilience and courage have profoundly impressed the world. The whole U.N. system and family stand behind you, China, at this time of challenge."
Mr. Ban also wrote in the Chinese language: "I mourn the Chinese people who died in the disaster!"