Moscow, March 19 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris
Yeltsin and his Georgian counterpart, Eduard Shevardnadze, meeting
today in Moscow, called for a summit of leaders of the Commonwealth
of Independent States (CIS) to discuss a controversial Russian Duma
The resolution, passed by the Communist-dominated Duma last
Friday, declared invalid the dissolution of the Soviet Union and
the establishment of the CIS in 1991.
Our correspondent in Moscow cites Yeltsin's staff representatives
(unnamed) as saying Yeltsin called for the summit to be held in
Moscow. There was no immediate response from CIS leaders.
Meanwhile, the upper house of the russian parliament -- the
Federation Council -- is debating whether the Duma resolution is
legal. Yeltsin, who called the Federation Council into session today
for this purpose, expressed hope that it would reject the Duma