New York

09 October 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on bombings in Damascus

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the string of coordinated terrorist bombings in Damascus last night 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 toward a political transition and dialogue in Syria and to work closely with Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.