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Chechnya: Chechens Plan Elections; Zyuganov Denounces Peace Plan

Moscow, 4 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Special burial teams are continuing the grim task of recovering bodies from the streets of the Chechen capital of Grozny today.

Meanwhile, in the Chechen village of Novye Atagi, representatives of several factions and parties gathered to plan new elections in the war-torn republic after the signing of last weekend's peace agreement with Russia. The meeting was attended by Tim Guldimann, head of the Chechen mission of the Organization For Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The ceasefire in Chechnya appears to be holding today, with the capital Grozny reported relatively quiet overnight. The Russian command says one soldier was killed over the last 24 hours when unknown gunmen fired on a Russian patrol near the TV tower in Grozny. But the report could not be independently confirmed.

In Moscow, Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who has given cautious backing to the peace plan crafted by National Security chief Aleksandr Lebed, said today that the agreement would have to be discussed by the upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council. Lebed's spokesman welcomed the statement.

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov denounced the peace deal, saying it would not end the conflict and that it violated the constitution. He demanded a Federation Council special session to discuss the issue.