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The UN Security Council concluded on late Tuesday afternoon its emergency consultations on Georgia without reaching any agreement.

During the open meeting, UN political chief Lynn Pascoe and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet briefed the council on the latest developments in Georgia.

In following remarks, U.S. and European ambassadors called on Russia to fully comply with the six-point cease-fire agreement sponsored by France and immediately withdraw its forces from Georgia.

France circulated a short draft resolution that demands compliance with the cease-fire agreement and the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Georgian forces.

The draft also reaffirms the commitment of all member states to the "sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders."

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Moscow could not support the draft partly because it does not contain all the elements included in the six-point package.

"We cannot accept that only two elements are taken out of the six principles," Churkin said. "The six principles must be endorsed in their entirety."

The draft fails to follow "a clear logic" contained in the peace plan, which refers to the pullout of Georgian forces before the withdrawal of Russian troops.

It also does not include the principle that calls for the provision of additional Russian security measures, Churkin said.

Georgian Ambassador Irakli Alasania urged the council to "act swiftly to stop aggression which my country was facing."

"Unfortunately, the status of affairs in Georgia has not changed despite the cease-fire agreement reached a few days ago," Alasania said. "The Russian side continues to violate the agreed cease-fire arrangements."

Georgia sent troops into South Ossetia on Aug. 7 in an attempt to regain control over its breakaway region, which has enjoyed de facto independence since 1992. Russian troops retaliated by quickly moving into the region and driving out the Georgian forces.

President Medvedev later signed a French-brokered peace deal, which provides for the withdrawal of Russian troops.

Russia has said its military operations in Georgia were aimed at enforcing peace after the Georgian invasion, and protecting civilians and Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia.

South Ossetians have traditional links with Russia and many of them hold Russian passports.

(Xinhua News Agency August 20, 2008)

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