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Russia: UN Human Rights Official In Moscow

Moscow, 31 March 2000 (RFE.RL) - U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson today arrived in Moscow for a visit to look into the human rights situation in Chechnya. She told reporters, "I have come to ascertain the nature of the response to very serious allegations of human rights abuses, also to inform myself about the condition of those held in places of detention or filtration camps and to assess the overall humanitarian and human right situation of the civilian population, in particular in Chechnya."

Robinson plans tomorrow to go to the Chechen capital, Grozny, and to refugee camps in neighboring Ingushetia.

Meanwhile, fighting in southeastern Chechnya continued today.

A Russian military statement said there were more clashes near the area where rebels ambushed two Russian convoys earlier this week.

The Kremlin said four troops were killed in the ambush and 39 are missing. Six managed to escape.