US Says Big Powers Urge Russia To Accept Truce

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The world's seven largest economic powers are
calling on Russia to accept an immediate cease-fire with Georgia
and agree to international mediation over the crisis in Georgia's
separatist areas.
A State Department official says Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice and the other foreign ministers from the Group of Seven
leading industrialized nations spoke by telephone on Monday and
pledged their support for a negotiated solution to the conflict
that has been raging since Friday between the former Soviet state
and Russia.
They called on Russia to respect Georgia's borders and expressed
deep concern for civilian casualties that have occurred.

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