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Russia: Security Council Secretary To Visit Chechnya Tomorrow

Moscow, 11 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Security Council secretary Ivan Rybkin will make his first trip to Chechnya tomorrow to discuss reconstruction of the shattered republic.

Itar-Tass, quoting the council's press service, said Rybkin will attend a session of a joint Russian-Chechen commission overseeing implementation of the August peace accord which ended 21 months of war between Russian forces and Chechen separatists. Rybkin last month replaced Alexander Lebed, who negotiated the peace pact.

Interfax news agency said Rybkin is to meet with the prime minister of the self-declared Chechen government, Aslan Maskhadov. Rybkin had a first meeting with separatist leaders on October 27 in the neighboring Russian republic of Ingushetia, but did not cross the border into Chechnya.

Tass said that the joint Russian-Chechen commission is expected during its meetings in Chechnya to set out plans for rebuilding the republic infrastructure, particularly ruined hospitals, schools and apartment blocks.

Tass said earlier the Security Council would meet this afternoon to examine a settlement plan for Chechnya prepared by Russian members of the joint commission. They have proposed to include more than $150 million in subsidies for Chechnya in Russia's 1997 draft federal budget.