FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Nawaf Fares, left, is sworn in as Syria's ambassador to Iraq before Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and... more 
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Nawaf Fares, left, is sworn in as Syria's ambassador to Iraq before Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem in Damascus. Fares, who became Syria's highest ranking diplomat to defect to the opposition on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, dismissed the main international plan seeking to stop the violence, saying Thursday that nothing short of Assad's ouster is acceptable. (AP Photo/SANA, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By SANA, File
Thu, Jul 12, 2012 3:21 PM EDT