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Chechnya: Council Of Europe Debating Russian Sanctions

Moscow, 6 April 2000 (RFE/RL) - The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly today started debate on various proposals to penalize Russia for its behavior during the Chechen war. Deputies in the 41-nation body are due to vote later today on how the council should react to assertions that Russia is not conforming with European demands on human rights in Chechnya. One motion is to withdraw Russia's voting rights until the next assembly in June. Another resolution threatens Russia's suspension from the council if it does not end military action and begin peace talks in Chechnya by May 31.

In Chechnya, both Russian and Chechen sources are saying Chechen rebels have ambushed Russian troops on Chechnya's border with Daghestan, near the village of Nozhai-Yurt. Russian war planes continue to bomb guerrilla mountain strongholds.