ITAR-TASS: First Direct Chechnya Peace Talks Begin in Moscow

Published November 18th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The first direct Chechnya peace talks between a representative of President Vladimir Putin and separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov opened Sunday in Moscow, ITAR-TASS reported. 

The talks were attended by Viktor Kazantsev, Putin's representative for the north Caucasus region, and Maskhadov's chief negotiator Akhmed Zakayev, the news agency said. 

The meeting began shortly after Zakayev's arrival in Moscow on Sunday from Istanbul. No other details were immediately available -- Moscow (AFP)

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