The overdue second round of Russian-Chechen armistice talks, tentatively set to resume yesterday, has again been postponed and is now tentatively rescheduled for tomorrow. The high-level Russian delegation which arrived in Chechnya yesterday is spending its time with the Russian military command and the Moscow-installed Grozny authorities, discussing inter alia the arming of Grozny’s internal troops. Delegation leader Vyacheslav Mikhailov said that it will seek to make sure that Russia’s presidential election can go forward in Chechnya–possibly the chief goal in accepting negotiations in the first place. (Itar-Tass, June 26 and 27)
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