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Putin Tells UN's Arbour Not To Politicize Human Rights --> President Vladimir Putin (right) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour met at the Kremlin today (epa) 23 February 2006 -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour met today in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin told Arbour that Russia was committed to working together with international organizations on human-rights issues. But he reportedly cautioned her not to allow the UN to politicize rights issues.

Arbour has spent several days traveling through Russia's troubled North Caucasus region to examine the human-rights situation in the country.

She met with refugees in Ingushetia and visited Chechnya, where she expressed concern over accounts of abuse by Russian forces.

She also visited Beslan in North Ossetia, the site of the 2004 bloody school siege that left more than 330 people dead.

(ITAR-TASS, Interfax, AP)

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