The Russian Ambassador in Damascus, Azmat Allah Kolmahmedov, left, greets Aref Dalila, a Syrian opposition figure at the opening session of a conference of some 16 opposition parties headed by the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, an opposition group made up mostly of Syria-based opposition personalities, in Damascus, Syria, September 23, 2012. The rare opposition gathering in a regime-held city, which called for the overthrow of the Syrian regime, was attended by the Ambassadors from China and Russia, both countries that support Assad, suggesting the regime authorized the conference to bolster its own rhetoric that there should be a peaceful settlement to the Syrian crisis through dialog. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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The Russian Ambassador in Damascus, Azmat Allah Kolmahmedov, left, greets Aref Dalila, a Syrian opposition figure at the opening session of a conference of some 16 opposition parties headed by the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, an opposition group made up mostly of Syria-based opposition personalities, in Damascus, Syria, September 23, 2012. The rare opposition gathering in a regime-held city, which called for the overthrow of the Syrian regime, was attended by the Ambassadors from China and Russia, both countries that support Assad, suggesting the regime authorized the conference to bolster its own rhetoric that there should be a peaceful settlement to the Syrian crisis through dialog. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)
The Russian Ambassador in Damascus, Azmat Allah Kolmahmedov, left, greets Aref Dalila, a Syrian opposition figure at the opening session of a conference of some 16 opposition parties headed by the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, an opposition group made up mostly of Syria-based opposition personalities, in Damascus, Syria, September 23, 2012. The rare opposition gathering in a regime-held city, which called for the overthrow of the Syrian regime, was attended by the Ambassadors from China and Russia, both countries that support Assad, suggesting the regime authorized the conference to bolster its own rhetoric that there should be a peaceful settlement to the Syrian crisis through dialog. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)
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