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     26.03.2003

     Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov Meets with Murad Ghaleb, Secretary General of the Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization (AAPSO)

724-25-03-2003

On March 25 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov received for conversation Murad Ghaleb, Secretary General of the Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization (AAPSO) and former Foreign Minister of Egypt, staying in our country as an international observer of the referendum in the Chechen Republic.

Ghaleb, after sharing his impressions of his stay in Chechnya, highly assessed the efforts by Russian authorities for a political resolution of the situation in the republic, as well as the level of organization and the results of the referendum. He noted with satisfaction the atmosphere of democratism and freedom in which the expression of the people's will in Chechnya had taken place, and described the adoption of the Constitution of the Chechen Republic as a major political event and an important step along the road to finally stabilizing the situation and restoring a normal life in this subject of the Russian Federation.

Ivanov informed the interlocutor of the further steps to be taken by Russian authorities in the formation of effective bodies of power in Chechnya and spoke out for more active participation by international, including Islamic, organizations in the programs of reconstruction of the Chechen economy.

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