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    PACE DEPUTY SPEAKER AGAINST UN CONSIDERATION OF CHECHEN ISSUE

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    MOSCOW, March 16 (RIA Novosti) - Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of Russia's Federation Council (upper house) and PACE Deputy Speaker Mikhail Margelov does not approve of some countries' attempts to raise the Chechen issue at the session of the UN Human Rights Commission that opened in Geneva on March 15.

    The attempt to raise the Chechen issue (though it was closed two years ago) at this session is perplexing, he told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. "This is done in the threatening context of explosions in Moscow and Madrid with no attention to the involvement of international terrorists operating in Chechnya in these crimes," he said.

    The Russian Senator described these proposals as provocative, adding that they "undermined the basis of international partnership in the fight against terrorism and erected obstacles on the way to peaceful settlement in Chechnya." Mr. Margelov also noted that double standards were typical for the current session devoted to the fight against terrorism. He particularly pointed out to some Western and East European representatives' division of terrorists into "their own" and "others". "This is a wrong position," said the Russian Senator. In his words, "the policy of double standards is a terrorism-breeding policy."

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