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Maskhadov Raises Stakes in Chechnya

Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov on Monday followed up his declaration of a cease-fire with a call for the Kremlin to start peace talks and for the international community to play a part in settling the conflict. Nothing seems likely to come from Maskhadov’s appeals, but his forces still stand to benefit from halting their attacks. The cease-fire allows his forces to rest and regroup during the winter, when conditions are most difficult. It also would allow the rebels to restore a chain of command if radical warlord Shamil Basayev is indeed dead, as security officials in Abkhazia have claimed. Full Story

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