MANDATORY CREDIT ” AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS/” — This United Nations photo shows the UN Security Council voting to extend Syrian mission mandate on July 20, 2012. The Security Council unanimously voted to let the UN observer mission in Syria stay for a “final” 30 days, but remained bitterly divided over the conflict. Russia had threatened to veto a Syria resolution for the second time in two days, but its ambassador Vitaly Churkin finally backed a resolution proposed by Britain. The vote was taken only hours before the end of the 90-day mandate for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS). It also came with diplomatic tensions still high after Russia and China on July 19 blocked a western-backed resolution which would have threatened sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad. Russia and the United States and European nations on the 15-nation council remain divided over whether the latest resolution meant the end of UNSMIS. The 300 unarmed military observers and 100 civilian staff halted operations on June 16 because of the worsening conflict. AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS / Devra BERKOWITZ / HANDOUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT ” AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS/” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS =