Moscow, 14 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Chechnya's separatist President Aslan
Maskhadov has made a fresh call for peace talks with Russia. Azerbaijan's news service quotes Maskhadov, speaking by telephone
yesterday from an undisclosed location in Chechnya's southern mountains, as
saying Russia's war with Chechen rebel fighters could continue endlessly.
He says he is ready to join negotiations supervised by the OSCE -- the
Organization For Security And Cooperation In Europe. Russia has rejected
negotiations with the rebels, demanding instead that they surrender.
Earlier this month, the OSCE's troika of current, past and future
chairmen of the OSCE -- Austria, Norway and Romania
-- reiterated the OSCE's concern about the situation in Chechnya and called
on Russia to seek a political solution.
Yesterday, Moscow police mounted extra security checks over government
concern that Chechen rebels may extend their tactic of suicide bombings to
Moscow. The police stationed officers along most of Moscow's central
streets, stopped trucks and other vehicles and pedestrians and searched for
In an interview with the Izvestia newspaper, Russian President
Vladimir Putin has called on Russians and Chechens for patience, saying
large-scale social rehabilitation and political processes will need to
accompany military efforts to end the war.