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Bush Calls for Withdrawal of Russian Troops from Georgia


U.S. President George Bush has called on Russia to honor its commitment to a cease-fire in Georgia and to withdraw its forces from that country.

At the White House on Wednesday, Mr. Bush said he is concerned about reports that Russia has not halted its military action in Georgia, as Moscow previously said it had. He said he expects Russia to withdraw all of its troops that have entered Georgia in recent days. Mr. Bush also called on Russia to allow a humanitarian mission headed by the U.S. military.

The U.S. is planning to use aircraft and naval forces to deliver humanitarian and medical supplies. The U.S. leader announced that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to France to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is involved in peace efforts. She then will travel to Georgia to convey, as Mr. Bush put it, America's unwavering support for the democratic government there.

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