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Russia: Chechen, Russian Negotiators Begin Talks

Moscow, 24 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian and Chechen senior officials today began a new round of talks on a wide-ranging treaty between Moscow and Russia's breakaway Caucasus republic.

Russian news agencies said the talks would also cover economic cooperation as well as the issue of human rights violations in Chechnya, including continuing kidnappings.

In the latest kidnapping incident two Hungarian workers for an international humanitarian organization were kidnapped yesterday in Chechnya. There is no information yet on their fate but reports out of Grozny say all Chechen law enforcement bodies are engaged in search operations. Meanwhile another kidnap victim, a French national, flew out of Grozny today after he managed to escape earlier this week from almost four months of captivity.