FILE - In this July 3, 2008 file photo, Nawaf Fares, center, governor of the Quneitra, Syria, briefs a U.N. delegation visiting the city of Quneitra in the Golan Heights to investigate Israeli ... more 
FILE - In this July 3, 2008 file photo, Nawaf Fares, center, governor of the Quneitra, Syria, briefs a U.N. delegation visiting the city of Quneitra in the Golan Heights to investigate Israeli practices in occupied Arab lands. Fares was named Syria's ambassador to Iraq in September, 2008, and became the highest ranking diplomat to defect from President Bashar Assad's regime on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. He dismissed the main international plan seeking to stop the violence in his country, saying Thursday, July 12, that nothing short of Assad's ouster is acceptable. (AP photo/Bassem Tellawi, File) less 
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