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Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Terrorist Bombings in Damascus, Concerned
Violence Creating Fertile Ground for Terrorism, Criminal Acts of All Kinds
The following statement was issued on 9 October by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the string of coordinated terrorist bombings in Damascus last night [8 October] that resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. The Secretary-General is also concerned about the fate of detainees reportedly held at the facility, where the bombings occurred. The Secretary-General reiterates that no cause can justify terrorist attacks, wherever, whenever and by whomever they are committed.
The Secretary-General is extremely concerned that the spiral of violence in Syria is creating a fertile ground for terrorism and criminal actions of all kinds. All violence must stop. The Secretary-General reiterates his firm conviction that resorting to violence and military means will only lead to more suffering and destruction, and that the only way out is through a political solution. The Secretary-General urges all sides to move towards a political transition and dialogue in Syria and to work closely with Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.
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