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.

  • sven.gohre - 2012-05-10 16:11

    Why does the United Nations condemn these "Freedom Fighters" only way to overthrow the oppressive ruling "Regime"? When the "Freedom Fighters" of the anc were planting bombs in shopping centres and killing innocent women and children (both Black and White) the United Nations condoned the action as a legitimate act to remove the Apartheid regime. A regime that killed less than 2,000 people (On the border, hangings of criminals and State sponsored anti-terrorist operations)over a period of 40 years compared to the over 10,000 civilians that have been killed by the regime in Syria in just the past year. The double standards that the organisation that is becoming less and less relevant in the 21st century, by the name of the United Nations, is now so blatant as to make them irrelevant.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-10 17:17

      The bombs were likely placed by Al-Quaida, who's presence is increasing. All acts of terrorism by whomever are unacceptable to evolved human beings. Primary responsibility for the horrors and suffering in Syria are with Assad, as Kofi Annan has said. Secondary responsibility is with Russia and China, autocratic regimes themselves horrible human rights records. They have let him do what he's doing. They blocked the international community from intervening, taking its power away. 131 countries out of the 151 on Earth have declared Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. The uprising was completely unarmed for close on eleven months. Syrians wanted the right to vote. Assad's family has been in unelected power for 48 years, the same as Apartheid. He responded by killing, maiming, detaining, torturing and raping tens of thousands of unarmed Syrians wanting nothing more than basic human rights. He will not succeed in holding onto power. Nor should he.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-10 18:45

      Fred, you say in a few words what is going on in Syria. It is only a few left, like Patrick,who try to confuse with some anti Western proaganda, which has no relevance whatsoever. This insanity could come to an end, within days, after Russia stops supporting this evil assad family. The opposition was strong, even before this uprising, but after THOUSANDS of their families and friends have been murdered, they are more determent than ever, to get rid of this family of thugs. Russia can send all the tanks, rockets, machine guns, experts and advisers , they want; This time assad LOST and the opposition WON !!! How many more are going to die ? ; That depends on RUSSIA !!!!

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