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01 Oct 2009 description

Paris, 1 October - The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed distress over the deaths provoked by the tsunami that hit the Pacific Ocean on 29 September. Mr Matsuura also urged governments to maintain efforts to improve national response systems and protect coastal communities.

"I am deeply distressed by the losses provoked by this most recent tsunami in the Pacific Ocean," Mr Matsuura said.