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CIS Leaders Welcome Yeltsin Victory, Estonia Adds Its Voice

Kyiv/Tallinn, July 4 (RFE/RL) -- CIS leaders have welcomed Boris Yeltsin's victory in the Russian presidential elections.

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma said the election results showed that "the Russian people intended to stick to the ideals of democracy, to the course of reforms and social stability."

Kazhakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said that "for the first time normal elections and a competitive struggle for power had taken place in Russia."

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said "without revolution and bloodshed citizens of Russia had created a new order of state."

He said that this choice also brought the prospect of peace in the Caucasus closer.

Estonia, which is not a member of the CIS, also welcomed Yeltsin's re-election.

Foreign Minister Siim Kallas said it gave a clear "no" to Communism and the restoration of the Soviet Union. Kallas said Estonia would continue its efforts to "normalize" relations between Estonia and Russia on the basis of equality and mutual respect.