Moscow, March 5 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin
is to hold a meeting of his Security Council on Thursday to discuss
peace proposals aimed at ending the conflict in Chechnya.
The Security Council, an influential advisory body, has been
involved in all Yeltsin's key policy decisions on the conflict.
Officials in Yeltsin's administration told RFE/RL today that the
Council will discuss two proposals by two different commissions set
up by Yeltsin.
The first proposal will come from a commission headed by Prime
Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. His panel includes many hardliners from
the military and security services and is expected to favour a tough
military solution to the conflict.
The other commission is led by Emil Pain and consists of
independent politicians and intellectuals who support non-military
approaches to Chechnya.
Details of the proposals have not yet emerged but Yeltsin is
believed to favour a middle ground solution combining elements from
Efforts to end the war in the separatist republic have been
increased in the run-up to June's presidential elections, where
Yeltsin is expected to face stiff competition from the Communist
leader Gennady Zyuganov.