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Chechnya: Talks Said To Be Successful

Moscow, 18 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Russian security officials are said to have successfully concluded talks on a political agreement in Moscow Saturday with a representative of Chechnya's separatist leadership.

Russian news agencies report that Akhmed Zakayev, security advisor to separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, and Russian Security Council Secretary Ivan Rybkin had reached an agreement on the text of the accord. The two held a news briefing to announce the results of their meeting. Details of the pact were not disclosed.

Both officials said that the agreement is to be signed in Grozny in the near future.

The talks focused on a range of political and economic issues. The accord will govern relations between Moscow and Chechnya in the period up to January elections in the breakaway republic.