CHECHEN TALKS RECESSED FOR CONSULTATIONS
Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 51
. After a longsession on July 12 that reduced the number of versions of a politicalagreement from four to two, the Grozny peace talks recessed forone day July 13 to allow both sides to consult with their governments,Itar-Tass reported. According to the July 12 Komsomolskayapravda, the Chechen side may also be discussing the possibleexile of President Dzhokhar Dudayev, and Budennovsk raid leaderShamil Basayev; the paper said he may go to Cyprus, where Chechnyaalready maintains an unofficial mission. Meanwhile, the RussianDuma increased its involvement in the Chechen talks, passing abill that would both legalize the future presence of Russian troopsthe region and dispatching its own representative to the talks.Russian radio also reported that there had been moderate to heavyfighting in Grozny itself the night of July 12-13. No one providedany new reports on the fate of Fred Cuny, the American aid specialistwho has been missing in the region since April 9.
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