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    MOSCOW, February 5, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Bart, a tent camp for Chechen refugees in Ingushetia, which neighbours Chechnya, will be demolished soon, Major-General of Police Igor Yunash, the first deputy head of the Russian Interior Ministry's Federation Migration Service, said at a news briefing on Thursday.

    "I will sign an order, one of these days, to close down one of the tent camps, namely Bart. It is home to as few as 680 people. It is not economically viable to maintain camps with less than 1,000 tenants," said General Yunash.

    He said most of the camp tenants would go to Chechnya, the others would stay in Ingushetia and would be provided with more appropriate housing.

    The general emphasised that those who would return to Chechnya would also be given proper housing.

    General Yunash did not rule out that there would be no tent camps at all on Ingush soil in March. "If the current resettlement pace is retained, you will be able to report the dismantling of the last tent," the general told reporters.

    Re-settlers come back to Chechnya voluntarily after filing a relative application, emphasised General Yunash.

    48,426 forced migrants from Chechnya are living in Ingushetia as of today, according to the Interior Ministry. 3,762 of them are living in tent camps, 20,540 in Chechen communities and 24,124 are renting rooms in private-owned houses.

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