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Text of report by Saudi-owned leading pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat website on 7 August
[Report by Layal Abu-Rahal in Beirut: "Dissident diplomats announce formation of group opposed to the Al-Asad regime; Hafiz tells Al-Sharq al-Awsat: "The ambassadors' concern for their families in Syria delays announcing their defection"]
Dr Muhammad Husam Hafiz, the dissident consul general in the Syrian Embassy in Armenia, affirmed that "many diplomatic defections will be announced successively in the coming two weeks". He disclosed to Al-Sharq al-Awsat that a statement announcing the constituent formation of a new Syrian group with the name of "Syrian Diplomats for a …