Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin 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. Churkin said an action group will meet Friday to call for an end to the violence in Syria. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin 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. Churkin said an action group will meet Friday to call for an end to the violence in Syria. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin 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. Churkin said an action group will meet Friday to call for an end to the violence in Syria. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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