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Yeltsin, Shevardnadze Call For Summit On Duma Resolution

Moscow, March 19 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his Georgian counterpart, Eduard Shevardnadze, meeting today in Moscow, called for a summit of leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to discuss a controversial Russian Duma resolution.

The resolution, passed by the Communist-dominated Duma last Friday, declared invalid the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the CIS in 1991.

Our correspondent in Moscow cites Yeltsin's staff representatives (unnamed) as saying Yeltsin called for the summit to be held in Moscow. There was no immediate response from CIS leaders.

Meanwhile, the upper house of the russian parliament -- the Federation Council -- is debating whether the Duma resolution is legal. Yeltsin, who called the Federation Council into session today for this purpose, expressed hope that it would reject the Duma resolution.