Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Defection of Syrian PM suggests cracks in regime

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal is pleased with reports that the Syrian prime minister has now defected. ‘Cracks are appearing in the regime. Assad is now losing the support of his confidants. We’ve already seen the defections of diplomats and members of the military.’

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal is pleased with reports that the Syrian prime minister has now defected. ‘Cracks are appearing in the regime. Assad is now losing the support of his confidants. We’ve already seen the defections of diplomats and members of the military.’

‘The more officials who renounce their loyalty to Assad, the better. This weakens the regime from the inside out. The Dutch government is encouraging others in power to follow this example.’

This is not the first time that Mr Rosenthal has stressed the importance of defection by Syrian officials. At the request of the Netherlands, a call to the international community to encourage defection was included in the final declaration of the meeting of the Friends of Syria in Istanbul on 1 April.