Ban says Syria rivals must reject “terrorist acts”

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday the Syrian government and opposition must “distance themselves” from terrorist attacks such as the double bomb blast in Damascus which left dozens dead.

Ban reaffirmed a call for all sides in the conflict to cease all violence and “to distance themselves from indiscriminate bombings and other terrorist acts,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said.

The UN secretary general “strongly condemns” the attacks in Damascus, which Syrian authorities said left at least 55 dead, added the spokesperson.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government has blamed opposition rebels seeking to overthrow him, while the opposition has accused the government of staging the huge car bomb blasts.

Ban said all sides in the Syria conflict must keep to UN Security Council resolution 2043 which set up a ceasefire monitoring force and demanded a halt to violence as part of a peace plan that Assad agreed with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

“The secretary general underscores once more the need for immediate and full cooperation with UN efforts aimed at ending all violence and human rights violations, securing humanitarian access and facilitating a Syrian-led political transition,” the statement said.

Ban has already warned this week that a bomb attack on a convoy carrying UN observers could cast doubt on the future of the monitoring mission. Ban and Annan have said that if the UN mission fails civil war is almost certain to follow.

Source: AFP

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