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     25.09.2002

     Unofficial translation from Russian

Alexander Yakovenko, the Official Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Question from Russian and Foreign Media Regarding Exacerbation of Political Situation in Cote d'Ivoire

     Question: In connection with the armed clashes between government and rebel forces in Cote d'Ivoire please comment whether there are any victims among the Russian citizens in the country.

     Answer: Russia continues to closely follow the developments in the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire (RCI), where a sharp aggravation of the political situation occurred on September 19 and the confrontation is still going on in a number of cities between government and rebel forces.

     According to information from the Russian embassy in Abidjan, which is working as usual, none of its staff, their family members or Russian citizens in the RCI (approximately 130 in all) have suffered in the course of these developments. The embassy is taking all the measures necessary for ensuring their security. Continual contact is maintained with the compatriots living outside Abidjan in other population centers.

September 25, 2002



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