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

Syrian Prime Minister’s defection reveals cracks in regime

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has welcomed the news of the Syrian Prime Minister’s defection. ‘This shows that there are cracks in the regime,’ he said. ‘Army officers and diplomats had already defected; now Assad is losing the support of trusted leaders. The more officials who give up their loyalty to Assad, the better. This weakens the regime from within. The Dutch government would encourage other officials to follow this example.’

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has welcomed the news of the Syrian Prime Minister’s defection. ‘This shows that there are cracks in the regime,’ he said. ‘Army officers and diplomats had already defected; now Assad is losing the support of trusted leaders. The more officials who give up their loyalty to Assad, the better. This weakens the regime from within. The Dutch government would encourage other officials to follow this example.’

Mr Rosenthal has for some time been stressing the importance of Syrian officials’ defecting. At the Netherlands’ initiative a call urging the international community to encourage defections was included in the conclusions of the Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul on 1 April.