Defecting Syrian Diplomat: Only Force Can Bring Down Assad (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/13/12)
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Syria´s highest ranking diplomat to defect to the opposition
dismissed on Thursday the main international plan seeking to stop the
violence, saying that nothing short of President Bashar Assad´s
ouster is acceptable.
The Associated Press quoted Nawaf Fares, formerly Syria´s ambassador
to Iraq, as having said only force can remove Assad.
“There is no roadmap ever with Bashar Assad, because he delays and
ignores any plan, any statement that is agreed on internationally,”
Fares was quoted as having said in an interview with Al-
Jazeera. “There is no way that he can be pushed from power without
force and the Syrian people realize this.”
Fares defected from Assad’s regime on Wednesday, submitting a letter
of resignation to the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Syria´s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Fares should be punished.
In a statement reported by Syria´s state news agency, the ministry
said Fares had been “relieved of his duties” and should face “legal
and disciplinary accountability.”
In Paris, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Fares quit while
outside of Iraq.
Fares condemned Assad´s regime in a statement broadcast on Al-
Jazeera, saying, “Where is the honor in killing your countrymen?
Where is the national allegiance? The nation is all the people, not
one person in particular. The allegiance is to the people, not to a
dictator who kills his people.”
AP noted that it was unclear where Fares recorded the statement. His
current whereabouts remain unknown.
Fares was the second prominent figure to leave the regime in a week,
suggesting some cracks in Assad´s regime are appearing at senior
levels. Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, an Assad confidant and son of a
former defense minister, fled Syria last week, but has not spoken
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tlass has been in contact
with the Syrian opposition. He would not comment on reports that
Tlass was in Paris.
Opposition leaders and Western officials said they hoped the
defections would encourage others to leave, too.
Appointed to the Baghdad post four years ago, Fares was the first
Syrian ambassador to Iraq in 26 years. Like Tlass, he is a member of
the privileged Sunni elite in a regime dominated by Assad´s minority
Meanwhile, opposition groups in Syria said that Assad’s troops
massacred anywhere from 100 to 200 people in the central province of
Hama on Thursday. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/13/12)
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