With both sides now taking a tougherposition on the key issue of the status of Chechnya, the peacetalks in Grozny made no progress July 24 but will continue July25, Russian media reported. The previously optimistic leader ofthe Russian delegation, Vyacheslav Mikhailov, said that in theabsence of an agreement soon, "we probably will have to lookfor other ways to continue the talks." Chechen negotiatorscomplained that Moscow keeps changing its position and keeps seekingto put pressure on the Chechen negotiators. But one thing thatdid not change was that again on July 24, there was no new wordon the fate of Fred Cuny, the American aid specialist who hasbeen missing in the region since April 9.
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