Condemning Attacks in Central Syria, Secretary-General Calls on All Parties to Stop Targeting Civilians

30 April 2014
SG/SM/15810

Condemning Attacks in Central Syria, Secretary-General Calls on All Parties to Stop Targeting Civilians

30 April 2014
Secretary-General
SG/SM/15810
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Condemning Attacks in Central Syria, Secretary-General Calls

on All Parties to Stop Targeting Civilians

 

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the car bombing and mortar shelling in the Zahra neighbourhood in central Homs yesterday, which killed and wounded dozens of civilians.  In Damascus, mortar fire has again targeted civilian areas, hitting a technical institute.  These are horrendous acts of terror against innocent civilians.

The Secretary-General deeply regrets that the attack in Homs comes in the midst of ongoing ceasefire negotiations over the Old City of Homs and calls on the Government and opposition groups to resist provocative attempts at undermining any peace efforts.  He reiterates his position that no side can achieve a military victory in the Syrian conflict.

The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to this terrible conflict to at last live up to their responsibility under humanitarian law and stop targeting civilian areas, including through aerial bombardments and barrel bombs.

The heartbreaking situation in Syria falls not only on the conscience of the perpetrators of these acts, who must be brought to justice, but also on all Syrian and international actors, who must put their differences aside and exercise humility and bravery to work together to stop the violence and achieve a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

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