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    PRESIDENT PUTIN SENDS GREETING TO THE 3RD CONGRESS OF THE PEOPLES OF RUSSIA ASSEMBLY

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    MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message of greetings to the participants and guests of the 3rd congress of the Peoples of Russia Assembly underway in Moscow today, the Kremlin press service reported.

    The message says in part:

    "The Assembly, one of the biggest all-Russian non-political organizations, pursues an important and urgent aim: to help consolidate Russian society, to strengthen and develop interethnic contacts and intercultural dialogue. I hope that at its regular congress now representatives of different nationalities will exchange the experience they have accumulated in the solution of ethnic and inter-confessional problems and will make their contribution to the preservation of peace and civil accord." The Peoples of Russia Assembly was founded on July 8, 1998. Its first congress met on April 20, 1999. Representatives of 110 peoples of Russia attended it. The congress elected the Council of the Assembly and its chairman - well-known Russian public figure and scientist Ramazan Abdulatipov.

    The Peoples of Russia Assembly stands for equality and justice in relations between all the nationalities, for their development, for all-round cooperation and the protection of human rights and freedoms, irrespective of race or nationality. The Assembly is against any forms of nationalism, interethnic hostility and violence.

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