Russia, West at odds over UN Georgia resolution

Russia and key Western nations remained at odds Thursday over a UN resolution aimed at bringing peace to Georgia, with the US, France and Britain insisting on immediate withdrawal of Russian troops. The Western nations also sought a commitment from Russia on Georgia's territorial integrity, according to UN diplomats. Russia, for its part, put its draft resolution into a final form, but Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin did not indicate when he would call for a vote. The Russian resolution basically restates and endorses a six-point peace plan promoted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and signed last week by Russia and Georgia. The US and its European allies have criticized Russia for remaining in Georgia and performing military operations despite last week's cease-fire.