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Chechen rebels offer peace, as Russia announces amnesty

Chechnya’s rebels are ready to drop their independence bid in exchange for peace, a senior representative said, as Russia offered an amnesty. However the radical wing of the guerrilla movement showed no sign of agreeing. Akhmed Zakayev, the fugitive rebel government’s foreign minister, wrote in an appeal to the Group of Eight leaders meeting in Saint Petersburg, that the people of Chechnya had always wanted independence. But if “some other solution can be found to the problem of peace with the Russians… then we are ready for the necessary negotiations,” said Zakayev, who won asylum in Britain, in the statement seen Saturday on two rebel websites — www.chechenpress.info and www.daymohk.info. Full Story

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