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    RUSSIAN PRESIDENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS IN CHECHEN REFUGEE CAMPS

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    MOSCOW, January 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for respecting human rights organizations working in Chechen refugee camps.

    At his meeting with the Russian president, Minister for Chechen Affairs Stanislav Ilyasov said that human rights organizations working in refugee camps "were causing unrest and hampering the return [of the refugees to Chechnya]." "First of all, they [organizations] are taking care of the people, and it only seems to you that they are causing unrest," the president noted in reply to these words.

    "Perhaps, they are disturbing your comfort but they [human rights organizations] should be respected," stressed the head of state.

    According to Ilyasov, refugees will return from camp towns in Ingushetia to Chechnya.

    Ilyasov added that 4,200 refugees were living in tents in Ingushetia.

    The minister added that irreconcilable separatists headed by Aslan Maskhadov were making attempts to disturb the situation in refugee camps and spreading propaganda leaflets." President Putin answered: "They want to make this situation last for many years to come."

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