UN Security Council sends condolences to Japanese people over deadly earthquake

14:30, March 12, 2011      

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Li Baodong, Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations who holds the rotating Council presidency for March, speaks at the UN headquarters in New York, March 11, 2011. The UN Security Council members on Friday observed a moment of silence to mourn those who lost their lives in the strong earthquake in Japan, and sent their deepest sympathy and condolences to the Japanese people and government, Li Baodong said. (Xinhua/Bai Jie) The UN Security Council members on Friday observed a moment of silence to mourn those who lost their lives in the strong earthquake in Japan, and sent their deepest sympathy and condolences to the Japanese people and government, Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations who holds the rotating Council presidency for March, told reporters here.

"On my initiative, all Council members before the consultations started observed a moment of silence for those who lost their lives by the earthquake," Li said. "I want to express on behalf of all Council members our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Japanese people and the government, especially those who lost their loved ones."

Earlier on Friday, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon expressed his deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Japanese people and government, saying that the United Nations will "do anything and everything" to help Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

More than 1,000 people were feared killed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck northeastern and eastern Japan and a massive tsunami it triggered on Friday, reports said.

The death toll is likely to surpass 1,000 as about 1,800 houses in Fukushima Prefecture were found to have been devastated, the Kyodo news agency said, citing the Japanese Defense Ministry.

 
 
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