Attacks in Damascus (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - May 10, 2012)

France strongly condemns the two attacks that have just taken place in Damascus and which have left dozens of people dead and injured.

We extend our condolences to the bereaved as well as our sympathy to the injured.

Once again, these events tragically demonstrate the urgent need to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043 as well as Mr. Kofi Annan’s plan in order to put an end to this crisis by ensuring a peaceful and democratic political transition.

A double attack in Damascus this morning has left at least 29 people dead and more than a 100 injured. Does the Annan plan still have a chance of surviving this violence?

The regime bears the full responsibility for the horrors taking place in Syria.

For more than a year now, the international community has been calling for the legitimate and peaceful demands of the Syrian people to be recognized.

By choosing to impose an indiscriminate and brutal crackdown, the regime has descended into a futile spiral of violence.

As the Ministre d’Etat has frequently stated, the plan presented by Mr. Kofi Annan is the last chance to resolve this crisis. It is now more urgent than ever for the Damascus regime to change its attitude and to seize this opportunity.

The international community’s mobilization must now focus on peace and democracy in Syria as well as the stability of the entire region.