Foreign Minister Bob Carr has condemned two car-bomb attacks that occurred in Damascus on 10 May, killing more than 50 people and injuring a further 400, mostly civilian bystanders.
"The ongoing loss of innocent civilian life in Syria is completely unacceptable," Senator Carr said.
"It is critical that all efforts are made to bring this spiral of violence to an immediate end."
Senator Carr reiterated Australia's strong support for Joint Special Envoy Annan's six-point plan, including the cease-fire and the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS).
"Mr Annan's plan provides a critical vehicle for bringing about a resolution to this crisis. It is in the interests of all sides to adhere to their commitments under the plan if it is to have a chance of success," Senator Carr said.
"The Syrian Government must meet the terms of the agreement to withdraw troops from, and cease attacks on, populated centres."
Senator Carr expressed his deep sympathy for the victims of the attacks and their families. He also acknowledged the suffering of refugees and displaced persons after more than a year of turmoil in Syria.
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