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Russia: Chechen Cabinet Nominations Submitted To Parliament

Grozny, 24 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov's advisory council today approved his cabinet nominations and sent them on to parliament for confirmation.

ITAR-TASS says Maskhadov will serve as both president and prime minister in the new government. His first deputy prime minister will be Movladi Udugov. Unnamed sources in Maskhadov's administration said two allies of Shamil Basayev will be given posts in the Chechen cabinet. Basayev led a hostage-taking raid on the southern Russian town of Budyonnosk two years ago, and is still wanted by Moscow.

Meanwhile, Udugov today accused Moscow of stalling on peace talks. He said the latest proposals from the Russian side fundamentally change the essence of a draft agreement agreed earlier. An accord reached last August halted fighting in Chechnya and deferred a decision on the republic's political status for five years.