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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Russian Government on their intervention in Chechnya. [112100]

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has raised the human rights and humanitarian situation in the republic in meetings with the Russian Foreign Minister, and stressed the importance of a political solution to the conflict. He has also pressed the Russian government to renew the mandate of the OSCE Assistance Group to Chechnya.