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Bush: Breakaway Regions Must Remain Part of Georgia

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U.S. President George Bush says Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia must remain part of Georgia.

President Bush told reporters at his Texas ranch Saturday that the international community is clear those two regions are within Georgia's borders. And he warned Russia there is no debate on the matter.

Mr. Bush's remarks followed a meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other national security advisers.

The U.S. leader again called on Russia to honor a cease-fire agreement and withdraw its forces from Georgia.

Separately, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Saturday with his senior advisers on the U.N.'s approach to the conflict.

Earlier, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the cease-fire agreement aimed at bringing an end to hostilities with Georgia. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili put his signature on it on Friday.

The cease-fire plan, negotiated by France, calls for Russian forces to withdraw to the positions they held before fighting broke out in Georgia's Russian-backed separatist region of South Ossetia.


Separatist leaders from South Ossetia and the other Georgian breakaway region, Abkhazia, also signed it.

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