After blocking a Western draft that demanded an immediate Russian withdrawal from South Ossetia, Russia circulated its own draft resolution, which restates a six-point peace plan signed last week with Georgia.
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The Russian text simply restated and endorsed a six-point peace plan promoted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and signed last week by
Western diplomats say they are in favor of that plan but are reluctant to set it in stone through a Security Council resolution when they say
U.S. Deputy U.N. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff made clear
The crisis in the Caucasus erupted after
Relations between the two ex-Soviet states have worsened sharply in recent years over a Georgian drive to join NATO.
The 15-nation Security Council is now faced with two conflicting drafts, both with little immediate chance of success since each is opposed by at least one veto-holding member. The
The Russian draft says the Security Council endorses the six-point plan, which it then details. In conclusion it “calls upon the parties concerned to implement the above-mentioned plan in good faith.”
Tuesday’s draft, written by
He said he hoped for positive reaction to the Russian draft
by other council members.
“No one can object to the Security Council endorsing the six principles of the Russian and French presidents, which form the foundation of all current efforts to normalize the situation,” he told reporters.
Also at issue was an unexplained reference in the six-point plan, inserted at Russian insistence, to “additional security measures” to be taken by Russian forces.
Western diplomats said the French draft had been submitted to the council in full knowledge that
French Deputy Ambassador Jean-Pierre Lacroix told reporters the French draft remained on the table. He said
“We will assess the situation on the ground and whether there are concrete and credible signs of withdrawal in the days ahead. We will see based on this,” he told journalists.
White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said on Wednesday that the
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