Syria’s ambassador to Iraq defected yesterday to the opposition rebels forces abandoning his old master President Bashar al-Assad.
Nawaf Fares is the first major diplomat to defect to the opposition and, although not enough to bring down the current regime, it is a major blow just one week after Brigadier General Manaf Tlass also defected.
In other news, the United Nations Special Envoy, Kofi Annan, said that President Bashar al-Assad was willing to talk about a transitional government in accordance with the six point plan drawn up in Geneva last week. This was confirmed in a statement by the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, in a press conference. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports as follows:
“Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari affirmed that the success of the plan of UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan depends on international commitment and an honest and impartial political will to implement the plan fully and stop the arming of funding of armed terrorist groups by some countries and sides.
In a press conference held on Wednesday following a Security Council closed session, al-Jaafari said that Annan’s talks in Damascus were positive and constructive, with the Syrian side affirming its commitment to implementing the six-point plan and agreeing to a number of mechanism to reduce violence and restore security fully across Syria.”