France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud, the current Security Council president, answers reporters' questions at the United Nations after a closed meeting of the Security Council, Thursday, Aug. 16, ... more 
France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud, the current Security Council president, answers reporters' questions at the United Nations after a closed meeting of the Security Council, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. The Security Council will let the mandate for the U.N. military observer mission in Syria expire Sunday and will back a new civilian office there to support U.N. and Arab League efforts to end the country's 18-month conflict. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Richard Drew
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 1:38 PM EDT