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UN Chief Meets Premier Wen in Quake Zone

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon started his meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Yingxiu town of quake-hit Sichuan Province Saturday morning.

Ban Ki-moon promised to mobilize efforts from the United Nations to support China's quake relief and post-quake reconstruction.

Ban said Chinese leaders have shown outstanding leadership in quake relief, and the United Nations will firmly support China's relief and reconstruction endeavors.

The UN chief said the United Nations and people all over the world will stand along with the Chinese people and work together to overcome the earthquake disaster.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao extended gratitude to Ban Ki-moon for the United Nations' support and help for China's quake relief.

During his meeting with Ban, Wen also introduced China's quake relief efforts and said China would carry out reconstruction as soon as possible.

Speaking at an open area, Wen urged reporters to record the real situations to memorize the dead and console the survivors.

"Let the world people remember the devastating earthquake, remember the life losses, and remember the brave fight of the people in the quake-hit regions and nationwide against the disaster," he said.

Ban also wished Chinese people a victory in quake relief.

He made the remarks in an open area Saturday noon shortly after his arrival at Yingxiu town of Wenchuan County, epicenter of the May 12 earthquake, to express his sympathy for those who suffered from the devastating quake.

Ban won loud applause from the people standing around.

Yingxiu, in Sichuan Province, is one of the zones worst-stricken by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake, which had claimed 55,740 lives nationwide as of Friday noon, or 55,239 in Sichuan alone as of 7:00 PM on Thursday.

(Xinhua News Agency May 24, 2008)

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