Georgia Vows to Never Surrender to Russia

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WASHINGTON - Georgia's president has signed a cease-fire agreement with Russia Friday, but said he will "never, ever surrender" in showdown with the former Soviet Union.

At a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Mikhail Saakashvili said "this is not a done deal. We need to do our utmost to deter such behavior in the future."

Click play to watch CBN News Reporter Melissa Charbonneau's report, as seen on The 700 Club, 11 a.m., EST.

Secretary Rice arrived in Tblisi Friday hoping to cement a cease-fire deal with Saakashvili.

"The United States would never ask Georgia to sign onto something where its interests were not protected. This is not an agreement about the future of Abkhazia and the future of South Ossetia," Rice said, referring to the two flashpoint areas. "This is about getting Russian troops out."

"Georgia, whose territorial integrity and independence and sovereignty we respect, must get back to normal life," she said.

But while the truce recognizes George's sovereignty and independence, it does not require Russia recognize the country's "territorial integrity." In other words, Russian does not have to accept South Ossetia and Abkhazi as being Georgian.

The French-brokered plan calls on Russia to withdraw combat troops, but would allow Russian peacekeepers to remain in the region.

With reports that Russian warplanes dropped cluster bombs on civilians, Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili called on the world to act.

"Maybe for many people it's too late," Saakashvili said. "But I appeal to the help of every civilized people in the world to stop this uncivilized, barbarian, and inhuman, treacherous, absolutely outrageous behavior."

President Bush said, "We got a lot of folks, smart folks analyzing the situation on the ground."

Bush is awaiting word in Crawford, Texas, following his CIA briefing Thursday.

With U.S. military planes pouring humanitarian aid to Georgia, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. is seeking to avoid military confrontation.

Gates said, "I don't see any prospect for the use of military force by the United States in this situation."

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