Moscow, March 25 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Nationalities Ministry
says the Chechnya conflict will be discussed at an international
conference on ethnic conflicts opens at The Hague Wednesday (March 27).
The three-day conference is sponsored by Harvard University, the
Netherland's Foreign Ministry and Russia's Republic of Tatarstan.
A spokesman for the Nationalities Ministry Yuri Drobin told our
Moscow correspondent that Nationalities Minister Vyasheclav
Mikhailov; the head of the Moscow-backed Chechen government, Doku
Zavgayev; the President of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaymiev, and the
Russian presidential adviser on Chechnya, Emil Pain, have been
invited to take part in the conference.
Mikhailov has agreed to attend the conference and will leave for The
Hague March 27. Shaymiev has also confirmed he will take part in the
conference. The spokesman also said that the sponsors of the
conference are trying to invite supporters of Chechen separatist
leader Dzhokhar Dudayev, but no response has been received from the
Chechen separatist leader.
It will be the second such conference at The Hague to discuss the
Chechnya conflict. The first one took place January 1995.