The following Security Council press statement was read out by Council President Zhang Yesui (China) today, 13 January:
The members of the Security Council convey their deepest sympathy and solidarity to all those affected by yesterday's earthquake and to their families. They express their strong support for the Government and the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, and their strong support for international efforts to assist Haiti during the immediate and critical rescue and recovery efforts of the coming days.
The members of the Security Council also express their deepest gratitude for the work of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) staff and troops, who have dedicated themselves to helping rebuild Haiti after years of strife, and express their concern for their current situation, as well as for that of the staff of other United Nations and international organizations in Haiti.
The members of the Security Council highly commend Member States' efforts to assist in search-and-rescue efforts and urge the international community to continue such assistance as the Haitian people face the challenges of rescue, recovery and reconstruction in the months ahead.
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