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UN bars Chechnya to aid workers

The United Nations has told the Kremlin not to expect any increase in its or other aid agency staff in Chechnya until a kidnapped Dutch aid worker has been released. The war-torn republic is heavily dependent on foreign aid for food, shelter, and medicine, and as more refugees return to its bombed towns and villages the need for help will increase. At the end of a visit to Grozny, Jan Egeland, the UN’s head of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, told the Guardian: “It’ll be very hard for us to argue we should have a higher international presence in Chechnya until Arjan Erkel is released. Full Story

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