Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on all parties to refrain from violence and for the Security Council to shoulder their responsibilities.
Commenting on the apparent suicide bombing in Damascus today, the Foreign Secretary said:
“We are aware of reports that the Syrian Defence and Deputy Defence Ministers have been killed and a number of others injured by an apparent suicide bombing in Damascus.
“This incident, which we condemn, confirms the urgent need for a Chapter VII resolution of the UN Security Council on Syria.
“The situation in Syria is clearly deteriorating. All the members of the UN Security Council have a responsibility to put their weight behind the enforcement of Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s plan to end the violence.
“We call on all parties to refrain from violence, and for the Security Council to shoulder its responsibilities.”