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At UN, Russia Finalizes Georgia Draft As Sarkozy's Add-On Points Are At Issue

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, August 21 -- Amid reports of Russian troops "laying siege" to the Georgian port of Poti, at the UN on Thursday Russia finalized its draft Security Council resolution, saying it could be voted on in 24 hours. U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff indicated that the U.S. could not support, and would veto, the Russian draft, which mirrors the six point agreement French president Nicolas Sarkozy reached with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on August 12.

   The trick is, Sarkozy purported to "clarify" his agreement with Medvedev in August 14 letter to Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, to which Sarkozy went on to add three points.  Inner City Press asked French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Lacroix if Russia had agreed to the three added-on point, and to explain the discepancy about the security zone, whether it is around the whole of South Ossetia or only by the capital, Tskhinvali, and who long these "provisional" measures can last. Lacroix answered only the last of the three points, saying the provision means until the OSCE and possibly EU, of which France currently has the presidency, establish the "international mechanism" referred to in the fifth of the six points.

   While the document handed to Inner City Press Thursday at the stakeout begins, "The Presidency of the Republic [of France], for the sake of transparency, wished to make public the letter," afterwards numerous reporters and even senior diplomats in the Security Council asked Inner City Press for copies of Sarkozy's letter.  Inner City Press made copies, for the sake of France's transparency.

Vitaly Churkin at UN, Sarkozy's 3 add-on points not shown

    Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was asked about the events at Poti, but did not answer. The biggest question was whether Russia will, in fact, call a vote on its resolution on Friday. As drafted, it appears sure to be vetoed. But if the Sarkozy letter -- but not added points -- were made an appendix, could it pass? Would a mere reference to old resolutions, which in turn mention territorial integrity, suffice for the U.S., France and UK?

  Inner City Press asked Amb. Churkin point-blank if it is fair to say Sarkozy pulled a bait and switch, proffering an agreement which did not mention territorial integrity but did say final status was be negotiated, then calling to drop the reference to status and later saying that territorial integrity, it went without saying. Video here.

Watch this site. And this (on South Ossetia), and this --


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