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State Duma To Reconsider Resolution Denouncing Breakup Of Soviet Union

Moscow, March 22 (RFE/RL) - The Russian State Duma today agreed to reconsider its March 15 action calling for re-establishment of the Soviet Union.

Our correspondent in Moscow says 229 deputies voted to debate the resolution at the Duma's next session. The decision followed an appeal by the upper house of the parliament, the Federation Council, for reconsideration. The Duma earlier refused the Federation Council request.

The Duma resolution is expected to figure prominently in talks between President Boris yeltsin and his Belarus counterpart, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, later today in Moscow. Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher expressed concern to Yeltsin. Christopher has called the resolution irresponsible.

The communist-backed resolution has no legal effect, but heads of state throughout the former Soviet Union have expressed concern over the vote.