Syrian diplomat at UN in Geneva joins opposition
GENEVA—A Syrian diplomat working at the United Nations in Geneva has joined his country's opposition after deciding he can no longer represent President Bashar Assad's regime.
A spokesman for the U.N. Human Rights Council, Rolando Gomez, identified the Syrian as Danny al-Baaj and described him as a junior member of his country's U.N. mission.
Syria is not a member of the 47-nation council, but al-Baaj worked with it as part of his duties. The uprising in Syria has been a major concern of the council since starting in March 2011.
A growing number of Syrian officials have switched to the opposition as the months have worn on.
Al-Baaj's family said he decided several days ago he could no longer represent Assad, but has not determined his next move.