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Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Russian government about its security policy in Chechnya. [117952]

We regularly raise the issue of Chechnya with the Russian authorities both in our bilateral dialogue and through the EU. As recent suicide bombings show, Russia faces a serious security problem in the region. However, we continue to stress that operations in Chechnya must respect human rights and the rule of law.