Russia Shows Understanding For OIC Call to Reach a Settlement in Chechnya

Published July 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Russia expressed on Saturday understanding of a call by the foreign ministers of the organization of Islamic conference (OIC) for reaching a political settlement in the breakaway republic of Chechnya, reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).  

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement faxed to the agency that Russia shares the OIC's concern regarding the complex human situation in Chechnya, where Russian forces have been launching a war to put down an independence campaign by Chechen fighters.  

The OIC foreign ministers urged Russia at the end of their five-day conference in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to opt for a military settlement of the Chechen conflict, said the agency.  

The statement said the Russian leadership is seeking a political settlement and cited the appointment of the mufti (religious guide) of Chechnya as interim governor of the republic as a sound proof to its quest, KUNA said -

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