Netherlands wants to support Syrian defectors

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The Netherlands wants to encourage Syrian soldiers, government officials and others to defect and distance themselves from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said the European Union could help and protect deserters and other defectors.

The minister made his statement following Saturday’s talks with his EU colleagues in Copenhagen. Mr Rosenthal said the other ministers supported his proposal.

The Dutch foreign minister said he was thinking of soldiers, police officers and other security personnel, but also government officials, diplomats and businessmen with close ties to the regime.


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