In comments yesterday, South Ossetian separatist leader Eduard Kokoity said South Ossetia will lodge a petition with the Russian Constitutional Court because, he said, "there are historical documents about Ossetia's status as part of Russia."
South Ossetia, which has close ties with Moscow, forcibly won de facto independence from Georgia in the early 1990s.
Finley said Washington believed Russia could do more to help peacefully resolve the conflict.
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