Rice says draft truce protects Georgia

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says a proposed cease-fire she wants Georgia to sign with Russia protects Georgia's interests despite concessions to Moscow. Rice told reporters traveling with her to Tbilisi that the immediate goal is to get Russian combat forces out of Georgia and that more difficult questions can be addressed later. But she said the US would never ask Georgia to agree to something that isn't in its best interests. Rice is carrying with her a draft French-brokered cease-fire that would require Russia to withdraw its combat troops from Georgia but would allow Russian peacekeepers to remain in the flash-point separatist region of South Ossetia and temporarily patrol outside the area.