Syria's top UK diplomat defects fom Assad regime

Syria's top UK diplomat defects fom Assad regime

London : United Kingdom | Jul 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM PDT
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The Syrian chargé d’affaires in London, Khaled al-Ayoubi, has quitted his job, the British foreign office said on Monday.

The foreign office said in a statement that Ayoubi said that he is no longer willing to represent a regime that has committed such violent and oppressive acts against its own people, and is therefore unable to continue in his position.

The foreign office said al-Ayoubi was not speaking to the media and asked for his privacy to be respected.

For its part, British foreign office said, "We urge others around Bashar Al-Assad to follow Mr. al-Ayoubi's example."

Furthermore, Al Arabiya news reported that the Mayer Dabbagh, Syria’s honorary consul in Sydney, confirmed the closure but declined to say why the embassy had shut or what had become of its staff.

In diplomatic developments, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, whose country is assuming the presidency of the U.N. Security Council in August, said in an interview with French RTL radio that his country intends to call for an emergency meeting at the level of foreign ministers to to discuss the Syrian issue.

"As France takes the presidency of U.N. Security Council on August 1, we will ask before the end of this week a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, probably at the ministerial level, in a bid to try to stop the massacres and to prepare for the political transition, " said the minister.

"We must try everything," he stated regarding Russia and China, who have so far refused any binding resolution at the U.N.The French minister also cautioned against the spread of the Syrian conflict to neighboring countries. "We cannot say that it is an internal affair," he said.

Fabius added he feared a massacre in Aleppo. The French minister also expressed his opposition to the delivery of arms to the rebels by Westerners. "There are weapons that are delivered, according to information we have, both by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and probably Turkey but not by us," he indicated.

On the ground, according to some information from military colleagues, the regime forces are having big loss in Aleppo and didn't move a step forward on land. The Assad regime is still relying on the military air fighters. Furthermore, the informations also stated that the number of killed soliders in the Syrian regime is increasing; some sources said that more than 30 soliders have been killed. The news announced by the regime stating that there is no trace for Free Syrian Army fighters in Damascus is fake.

Today, sources from the Free Syrian Army announced that Turkey might create free flying zone area without the approval of U.N. Security Council, bearing in mind that there are Iranian threats to interfere and support the Syrian regime if this happens.


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A picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on July 30, 2012 shows Syrian opposition fighters waving the national flag adopted by the rebel movement against the regime at a checkpoint outside Rastan in the central Homs province. (AFP photo)
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