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Chechen Premier Backs Planned Troop Reduction


http://gdb.rferl.org/4499BE66-4E94-472E-81A8-75C0BB5D9418_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/4499BE66-4E94-472E-81A8-75C0BB5D9418_mw800_mh600.jpg Mother and child in the Chechen capital, Grozny (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) August 9, 2006 -- Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov today welcomed a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove all nonpermanent troops from the war-torn republic by 2008.


Kadyrov said this would help Chechnya's law enforcement organs become "war-capable units."


Putin on August 2 instructed the Defense and Interior ministries to come up with a plan to reduce the number of Russian service personnel in Chechnya.


The order was made public by the state newspaper "Rossiiskaya gazeta" on August 8.


Observers say a withdrawal would boost the influence of Kadyrov's own security force, which human rights activists accuse of widespread abuses.


(Interfax, AP, AFP)

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