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    UNIFICATION OF PERM REGION AND KOMI-PERMYAK AREA

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    MOSCOW, March 4, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- Governor of the Perm region (Volga federal district) Yuri Trutnev informed Russian president Vladimir Putin about the unification of the Perm region and the Komi-Permyak autonomous area into the Perm Territory.

    "Everything is going well, local resident are in good mood," said Trutnev during the meeting with the head of state and recalled that 84% of citizens in the region and 89% of the area's residents voted for the unification of these two constituent members of the Russian Federation at the referendum. "The results of the voting were unprecedented for the region," the governor stressed.

    According to him, economic integration of the region and the area is now the main task. "We have no border and we should work together," Trutnev pointed out.

    He believes that people should see before 2005, when the Perm Territory will be created, that the unification is useful.

    Trutnev said that the task was set to work out corresponding investment programs and solve issues relating to the introduction of amendments to legislation.

    On February 20, 2004 Vladimir Putin sent to the State Duma an urgent federal constitutional draft law "On Creating a New Constituent Member of the Russian Federation by Uniting the Perm Region and the Komi-Permyak Autonomous Area." The draft law stipulates the formation of a new member of the Russian Federation - the Perm Territory - for stepping up the social and economic development of the region and the autonomous area and raising the living standards of their residents.

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