Annan condemns 'unacceptable' Syria attacks

2012-05-10 15:01
Geneva - International envoy Kofi Annan condemned Thursday's blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus that left at least 55 people dead and 372 wounded.

A statement issued by Annan's spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi said he "condemns in the strongest possible terms the attacks that took place earlier today in Damascus.

"He is saddened by the loss of life resulting from the two blasts and extends his condolences to the families of the victims. These abhorrent acts are unacceptable and the violence in Syria must stop."

The statement added that Annan, the mediator appointed by the United National and the Arab League to try to resolve the Syrian crisis, "reiterates his call to all parties to adhere to the cessation of violence.

"Any action that serves to escalate tensions and raise the level of violence can only be counter-productive to the interests of all parties."

"The Joint Special Envoy calls on all parties to avoid further bloodshed and to protect civilians. The Syrian people have already suffered too much," it concluded.

The blasts also prompted UN observer chief Major General Robert Mood to appeal for help to end the bloodshed ravaging Syria.

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