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Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari (far left) and Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin (far right) listen to speakers July 19, 2012, during a Security Council vote at the United Nations. Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution to impose non-military sanctions on Syria. (Associated Press)

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Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari (far left) and Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin (far right) listen to speakers July 19, 2012, during a Security Council vote at the United Nations. Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution to impose non-military sanctions on Syria. (Associated Press)

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Mark Lyall Grant (left), British ambassador to the United Nations, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States confer at the United Nations on Thursday, July 19, 2012, during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Mark Lyall Grant (left), British ambassador to the United Nations, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States confer at the United Nations on Thursday, July 19, 2012, during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Mark Lyall Grant (left), British ambassador to the United Nations, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States confer at the United Nations on Thursday, July 19, 2012, during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Russian President Vladimir Putin (front right) and Kofi Annan, the U.N. envoy for the Syrian crisis, conferred in Moscow on Tuesday on efforts to end the fighting in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right, to rear) joined the talks.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Kofi Annan, the U.N. envoy for the Syrian crisis, conferred in Moscow on Tuesday on efforts to end the fighting in Syria. (Associated Press)

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks about the situation in Syria during a news conference Thursday at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. (Associated Press)

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Illustration by U.N. Exit Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Kofi Annan, United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. Mr. Annan said the two reached an understanding on a "framework" for peace that will now be presented to opposition forces. (SANA photographs via Associated Press)

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Kofi Annan, United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. Mr. Annan said the two reached an understanding on a "framework" for peace that will now be presented to opposition forces. (SANA photographs via Associated Press)

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**FILE** Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, speaks June 30, 2012, during a news conference at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva. (Associated Press/Keystone)

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**FILE** Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, speaks June 30, 2012, during a news conference at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva. (Associated Press/Keystone)

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, speaks during a news conference following the Action Group on Syria meeting on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Geneva. (AP Photo/Martial Trezzini, Keystone)

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, speaks during a news conference following the Action Group on Syria meeting on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Geneva. (AP Photo/Martial Trezzini, Keystone)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she arrives for a meeting of the Action Group for Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, June 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)