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January 2011 - Large-scale anti-government protest breaks out in Syria.
February 2012 - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Kofi Annan as the UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria.
April - The UN Security Council authorized the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, including a 90-day deployment of 300 unarmed observers.
July - The mandate of the UN military observer expired, but the UNSC approved extending the mission for an additional 30 days.
Aug 2 - Annan announced he would resign from his post as the joint international envoy for Syria on Aug 31.
Aug 6 - Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab was confirmed to have defected with his family to Jordan.
Aug 16 - The Security Council ordered the end of the observer mission, but backed calls for a political office to remain in Damascus.
Aug 17 - The UN announced the appointment of former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi as the new joint envoy for Syria.
(China Daily 08/20/2012 page12)