Prague, July 8 (RFE/RL) -- The following extracts are from an RFE/RL interview with Aleksandr Lebed, Secretary of Russia's Security Council and National Security Advisor to president Boris Yeltsin.
On the re-introduction of vice presidency in Russia
"The necessity of re-introducing the post of vice president is clear. But it will be
a long and difficult constitutional procedure. My current rank as secretary of the Russian Security Council and as presidential Security Advisor is enough to start correcting the defaults of the previous period. Then we will see. I have a plan for this, but I do
not wish to disclose it. Enough of talking. Now it is important to
act first and talk later.
"But there is a separate and very important work, in the Northern
Caucasus and in Chechnya, that must be carried out by somebody
enjoying strong constitutional powers and can take decisions without
delay, because of his greater role in decision-making.
On possible trip to Chechnya
"I will go to Chechnya soon. I am
preparing a plan for the regulation of the conflict, but I do not
intend to disclose it for the moment. Some 15 experts are working on
this plan. After they will prepare their report, I will analyze it
and then i will go to Chechnya. Chechnya is our land and we will
solve this issue calmly.