New York

21 February 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the bomb attacks in Syria

The Secretary-General condemns the series of bombings in populated areas in the Syrian capital Damascus today, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries.   He sends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

The Secretary-General reiterates his firm conviction that resorting to violence and military means will only lead to more suffering and destruction, and that a political solution is the only way out.

The Secretary-General renews his call on all parties to end the violence and respect international humanitarian law.