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RFE/RL Daily Report

No. 121, 29 June 1993







RUSSIA



BURBULIS CREATES NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Former State Secretary
Gennadii Burbulis told the pro-democratic weekly Golos (no. 26)
that liberals are in the middle of the process of creating a
"new type of democratic coalition" in order to resist the revanchist
forces that are returning to power on the periphery. He said
that an organizing congress for a new political party in support
of reform may be held in September that should be headed by authoritative
liberal politicians. On 28 June, Burbulis organized a public
meeting in St.-Petersburg to propagate his ideas. Former Politburo
member Aleksandr Yakovlev told the same newspaper that he has
succeeded in convincing Burbulis not to create a pure "presidential
party" but to take a broader approach-not supporting an individual
politician but democratic ideas. -Alexander Rahr

POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES. Deputy parliamentary speaker Nikolai
Ryabov is quoted by Radio Rossii "Novosti" on 27 June as saying
that his boss, Ruslan Khasbulatov, has entered a path to establishing
a "personal dictatorship." He stated that Khasbulatov is purging
the leadership and apparatus of the parliament in order to get
rid off deputies who do not share his views. Khasbulatov has
lately ordered the elimination of the parliamentary Committee
for Legislation. The committee's head, Mikhail Mityukov, told
ITAR-TASS on 28 June that the voting results on the liquidation
of his committee in the parliament had been "falsified." Meanwhile,
the chairman of the Constitutional Meeting, Sergei Alekseev,
proposed to merge the Constitutional Meeting with the Congress
of People's Deputies into a Constitutional Assembly. -Alexander
Rahr

FILATOV: THE NUMBER TWO IN THE KREMLIN? SERGEI FILATOV, THE HEAD
OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION, HAS EMERGED AS THE NEW "GRAY
CARDINAL" AND THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL POLITICIAN IN RUSSIA.
According to an analysis, published in the newly established
newspaper Grazhdanin Rossii (no. 4), the presidential apparatus,
which Filatov heads, has emerged as more powerful than the former
CPSU Central Committee. Filatov has reportedly neutralized the
work of the Security Council, and the agenda for the council's
meeting is now being prepared by Filatov's staff. He is said
also to control the work of the ministries of security, defense,
and interior. The Ministry of Security holds, according to the
study, a "balanced view" today and will not intervene in the
political struggle while the army is even less firm on Yeltsin's
side. -Alexander Rahr

RUSSIA'S ENERGY SECTOR TO INCREASE EXPORTS? MINISTER FOR FUEL
AND ENERGY YURII SHAFRANIK HAS CALLED FOR A SHARP INCREASE IN
FUEL EXPORTS, ACCORDING TO REUTERS ON 25 JUNE. Shafranik claims
that the energy sector is owed about 3 trillion rubles, and requires
many more billions in investment. Shafranik proposes to overcome
the crisis by increasing fuel exports (presumably to non-CIS
states) and leaving a significant part of hard currency earnings
with the producers. Currently exports are limited by state determined
export quotas, and producers are allowed to sell only about 10-20%
of output on the free market. Oil and gas combined account for
about 60% of Russia's total export earnings. Domestic prices
for energy resources remain far below world prices: oil, gas
and coal are sold for 15%, 5% and 4% respectively of world prices,
and the government last week finally decided to liberalize coal
prices from 1 July. -Sheila Marnie

RUSSIA TO WITHDRAW LAST FIGHTER JETS FROM KURILS. A Japanese
newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, reported on 27 June that Russia
is expected to withdraw the last of its MiG-23 fighter jets from
the island of Etorofu, one of the four disputed Kuril Islands.
According to AFP, the newspaper quoted a military source as saying
that the withdrawal would take place in the near future. On 27
May, Japanese sources reported that Russia had reduced the number
of fighters on the island from 40 to 10. Although the withdrawal
would have little real military value, it would represent a symbolic
concession by Russia to Japan on the eve of the G-7 talks in
Tokyo. Russian sources have not confirmed the report. -Stephen
Foye

TRANSCAUCASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA



ALIEV, HUSEINOV CONTINUE TALKS. Azerbaijan Supreme Soviet chairman
Geidar Aliev and rebel colonel Surat Huseinov held a second day
of one-to-one talks in the parliament building in Baku on 28
June, ITAR-TASS reported. No details were given. Also on 28-June,
the Azerbaijan Popular Front held a press conference in Baku
at which it was announced that the heads of the administration
in nine Baku raions had resigned to protest the decision of the
National Assembly to transfer presidential powers to Aliev, according
to ITAR-TASS. Meanwhile, Armenian forces advanced eastwards from
Mardakert to within 2 kilometers of Agdam, which lies just outside
the eastern border of Nagorno-Karabakh. -Liz Fuller

UN, RUSSIA EXPRESS DEEP CONCERN OVER ABKHAZ CONFLICT. On 25 June,
UN General Secretary Boutros Boutros-Ghali called on all sides
in the Abkhaz conflict to observe the cease-fire agreement reached
on 14 May in Moscow by Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin
and Georgian Parliamentary Chair Eduard Shevardnadze, ITAR-TASS
reported. The government of the Russian Federation expressed
great anxiety concerning the escalation of armed conflict in
Abkhazia in a statement released on 26 June, which demanded that
all sides observe the cease-fire and warned that Russia would
take appropriate measures against any side violating the accords.
Despite these appeals, Abkhaz troops opened fire along the Gumista
River front late on 27 June, according to the press center of
Georgian forces based in Abkhazia. The press center of the Abkhaz
Supreme Soviet reported that Georgian forces attacked Novyi Afon
on the night of 27 June, damaging an ancient monastery, ITAR-TASS
reported. -Catherine Dale

COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES



UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS IMMINENT? IZVESTIA
REPORTED ON 28 JUNE THAT UKRAINE AND RUSSIA WERE READY TO SIGN
AN AGREEMENT DURING VIKTOR CHERNOMYRDIN'S VISIT TO UKRAINE ON
THE DISMANTLING OF UKRAINE'S NUCLEAR WARHEADS. According to the
report, the two sides are to share responsibility for the dismantling
of both warheads and missiles, and Ukraine is to receive a portion
of the proceeds from the sale of the fissile materials in the
weapons and nuclear fuel for its reactors. The dismantling process
is reportedly to be completed by 1995, which, if correct, would
represent a substantial concession by Ukraine. While the general
outlines of the reported agreement are consistent with ideas
proposed in past negotiations, there has been no independent
confirmation of the agreement, and Chernomyrdin left Ukraine
on 28 June apparently without signing it. It is possible that
the report is based on a Russian draft proposal that has not
yet been agreed upon by both sides. -John Lepingwell

OTHER UKRAINIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENTS. In hearings held
by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 24 June and reported
in the Western media, US officials urged Ukraine to ratify START-1
before the September referendum, and to accept a US plan for
joint monitoring by the US, Russia, and Ukraine on Ukrainian
territory of warheads removed from their launchers. According
to Russian TV on 25 June, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Boris
Gromov stated that Russia would never accept Ukraine as a nuclear
weapons state, apparently in response to comments by Ukrainian
Minister for the Environment Yurii Kostenko to the effect that
Ukraine was, de facto a nuclear weapons state. Finally, ITAR-TASS
reported on 28 June that the Ukrainian Democratic Party, a centrist
group one of whose leaders, Dmytro Pavlychko, is the head of
the parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, has come out
in favor of ratifying START-1 "with amendments" but delaying
the ratification of the non-proliferation treaty until 1995.
-John Lepingwell

WAR OF THE FLAGS TO RESUME? RUSSIAN VICE PRESIDENT ALEKSANDR
RUTSKOI HAS CALLED UPON SAILORS OF THE BLACK SEA FLEET TO REJECT
THE 17 JUNE MOSCOW AGREEMENT ON SPLITTING THE FLEET AND TO RAISE
THE RUSSIAN NAVAL ENSIGN, ACCORDING TO A REPORT ON EKHO MOSKVY
ON 28 JUNE. Rutskoi's call reiterates that of the assembly of
senior staff officers, which had previously called for all ships
of the fleet to raise the ensign on 1 July. On 26-June, Ekho
Moskvy reported that an air regiment of the fleet was painting
the flag of St. Andrew on the sides of its aircraft. On 29 June
the officers' assembly of the fleet is to meet to decide whether
to start the new protest action, and the preliminary indications
are that a new round of the war of the flags will start on 1
July. John Lepingwell

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE



CROATIA EXTENDS MANDATE OF UNPROFOR. International media reported
on 28 and 29-June that Zagreb has agreed to authorize the continued
presence of the UN peace-keepers for only one more month in the
absence of fixed guarantees. UN Secretary- General Boutros Boutros-Ghali
had asked for a three-month term, but Croatian authorities are
offering a six-month agreement if a firm program is included
for implementing the January 1992 Vance plan. Renewals of the
mandate have been regularly backed by the Serbs, who regard it
as protection for their conquests. The Croats, for their part,
have repeatedly demanded as a condition for their support that
the Vance plan be enforced, since they interpret it as restoring
Croatian authority to Serb-held territories. Croatia is under
strong international pressure to cooperate with the UN, but domestic
opinion polls and public remarks by politicians across the spectrum
suggest that patience is running out with what most Croats see
as a losing game. Meanwhile in Split, Hina reports that war crimes
trials have begun for 31 Yugoslav officers for their actions
against civilians and cities in the 1991 Croatian war of independence.
Only one defendant is present, while the rest are believed to
be in Serbian-controlled territories, including some ethnic Croats.
-Patrick Moore

BOSNIAN UPDATE. CNN reported on 28 June that Croatian snipers
attacked a British UN column near Zepce. One Warrior armored
vehicle hit a land mine, but there were no injuries. Some Croatian
newspapers have warned their readers since previous incidents
involving the British and Croats that British firepower could
reduce Croatian weaponry "to scrap iron." Meanwhile in Croatia
itself, President Franjo Tudjman met with leaders of the Croatian
communities from central and northern Bosnia. Such Croats may
suspect that any Serb-Croat deal to partition Bosnia-Herzegovina
might sacrifice their interests to the benefit of the more numerous
and politically assertive Herzegovinian Croats. Hina carried
the report. Finally, fighting continued across central Bosnia,
with Serbs and Croats coordinating their actions against the
Muslims in some places. -Patrick Moore

KOSOVO MEDIA UPDATE. Serbian Information Minister Milivoje Pavlovic
stated on 28-June that Albanian-language publications will be
printed and distributed in Serbia's province of Kosovo only after
they are officially registered. His remarks were in reaction
to a recent refusal by editors of Bujku, Fjala and Skendija to
register with Serbia's Information Ministry. Pavlovic added the
three publications will not be allowed to appear until "they
fulfill the legal minimum." Kosovo Albanian leaders and journalists
regard the Serbian moves as blackmail and have demanded an end
to Serbian-imposed censorship and rigid limitations on publishing
in the province, which is over 90% Albanian in population. Belgrade
alleges the three publications are the most influential voices
of the "Albanian separatist movement" in Kosovo. Radio Serbia
carried the report. Milan Andrejevich

ALBANIA PROTESTS BORDER SHOOTING. In response to the weekend
shooting of two Albanian border guards (wounding one and killing
another) by Macedonian soldiers, Reuters reports on 28 June that
the Albanian Foreign Ministry has issued an official protest
note. The statement called the incident " a hostile act intended
to create dangerous precedents between the two countries." Robert
Austin

GREECE CONTINUES EXPULSION OF ALBANIAN MIGRANTS. AFP reported
on 28 June that Greek officials, claiming that there are as many
as 150,000 illegal Albanian immigrants currently in that country,
continues to round them up for deportation. Large numbers of
Albanians have fled throughout the transition years in search
of better economic opportunities. The presence of such a large
number in Greece has been a continual burden on Greco-Albanian
relations. This comes in the wake of Albania's expulsion of Archimandrite
Krisistomos Maidonis last week and has heightened tensions between
the two countries. Albania insisted the Orthodox churchman was
promoting Greek irredentism in southern Albania. Robert Austin


ANOTHER INCIDENT AT THE ZAPORIZHZHYA NUCLEAR POWER STATION. The
Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant experienced its fourth incident
this month when a sudden rise in pressure prompted the shutdown
of the third of its five reactors, Reuters reported on 28-June.
Only three of its five 1,000 megawatt reactors are on steam following
the recent mishaps. Last month a man was killed when his blowtorch
ignited hydrogen leaking from a pipe outside a reactor. A week
later a reactor was shut down due to loss of pressure, and earlier
this month, radioactive water seeped through a wall contaminating
an open area in the complex. Despite strong opposition to the
lifting of a moratorium on the construction of nuclear reactors
imposed after the Chernobyl accident, a powerful nuclear lobby
has emerged which argues that the reactors are vital to decrease
Ukraine's dependence on Russian oil and gas. The issue is to
be debated in parliament later this week. Workers at Ukraine's
nuclear power stations are demoralized because of the potential
hazards their jobs entail, and because of their low pay. Average
salaries are a third of what miners in the Donbass earn. -Ustina
Markus

UKRAINE CRITICIZES US STRIKE AGAINST BAGHDAD. The Ukrainian Foreign
Ministry has expressed "regret" at the US strike against Baghdad,
Ukrainian Radio reported on 27-June. In its statement, which
amounted to a virtual protest, the ministry questioned "the extent
to which this action conforms with the relevant decision of the
UN Security Council." All nations and peoples, the statement
declared, "should respect generally recognized principles and
norms." It is sad, the statement, concluded, that new flareups
"involving innocent people" are being added to "dangerous and
unresolved conflicts." -Bohdan Nahaylo

UKRAINE, RUSSIA SIGN NEW ECONOMIC ACCORD. Ukrainian and Russian
Prime Ministers Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Chernomyrdin signed
an economic cooperation agreement on 28 June in Kharkov, Reuters
reported on 29 June. The accord established a free customs zone,
liberalized banking regulations, and free movement of labor in
five regions on each side of the border. Nine other economic
agreements were signed last week. The accords represent a new
readiness on both sides for economic cooperation, although the
Ukrainian side emphasized that they do not signal a return to
Soviet-style ties. Striking miners in eastern Ukraine have put
pressure on the Ukrainian government to establish closer links
with Russia. Susan Stewart

WALESA IN BELARUS. The Polish president met with Belarus Supreme
Soviet Chairman Stanislau Shushkevich, Prime Minister Vyacheslau
Kebich and Foreign Minister Petr Krauchenka in Minsk on 28 June,
Belapan reported. Discussions with Shushkevich covered some 25-bilateral
agreements, the implementation of which Walesa described as very
slow. Walesa also said Belarus and Poland should open more crossing
points along their border and remove obstacles to their political,
economic and cultural ties. Belinform quoted Krauchenka as saying
the two countries should increase cooperation because "the West
was not ready to open its markets to either Polish or Belarusian
goods." -Ustina Markus

BBWR BEGINS TO DRAFT PROGRAM. PAP reported on 28 June that some
60 theses have been submitted for consideration to the Program
Council of President Walesa's Nonparty Reform Bloc. The BBWR's
program is to consist of 21 theses (recalling the 21 points of
the August 1980 agreement between striking workers and the communist
authorities). Twelve of these will cover the major problems of
each of the four lobbies making up the bloc: employees, employers,
farmers and local administrators; five theses will deal with
the political and economic system; and the remainder will address
ecology, science, health and culture. The program is to be ready
next week. -Anna Sabbat-Swidlicka

POLAND BEGINS BROADCAST LICENSING PROCEDURE. On 28 June the National
Broadcasting Council published lists of the frequencies available
and began accepting applications for licenses, Rzeczpospolita
said. Allocations will be announced three months from that date.
On offer are 87 local television channels and sufficient channels
for high power broadcasters to enable the creation of one national
independent commercial TV station, as well as 109 local and two
national radio stations. In a written statement published by
PAP on 25 June, the Prosecutor General pointed to the fact that
in a law-ruled state no citizen could be punished for violating
a law if an agency of state made compliance impossible. He also
recalled that a prosecutor could decline to institute proceedings
or discontinue them if the alleged deed did not bear the characteristics
of an offense or if it was judged not to be socially harmful.
The 26-27 June issue of Gazeta Wyborcza welcomed this as signifying
that private broadcasters could continue to air programs without
fear of criminal proceedings until completion of the licensing
procedure.--Anna Sabbat-Swidlicka

SLOVAKIA MIGHT ACCEPT RUSSIAN WEAPONS AS DEBT REPAYMENT. Russian
Deputy Premier Oleg Lobov visited Slovakia on 28 June to discuss
trade cooperation with Slovak Premier Vladimir Meciar and President
Michal Kovac. TASR reports Meciar told Lobov that records of
the former CSFR show Russian debt to Slovakia as $1.5 billion.
Meanwhile, according to CTK, Meciar said Slovakia may accept
the repayment of this debt in military hardware in order to build
up the country's arsenal following similar arrangements between
Russia and the Hungarian government. Since a trade agreement
was signed by the two governments in March, both countries have
tried to increase trade turnover in such areas as oil deliveries,
chemicals, lumber, agriculture and engineering. Kovac and Lobov
discussed an economic agreement between the two states, which
should be ready for signing by Russian President Boris Yeltsin
and Kovac early this fall. -Sharon Fisher

HUNGARIAN SLOVAKS VOICE OPINIONS ON SLOVAKIA'S ENTRY INTO THE
CE. In a televised address on 27 June, Slovak Prime Minister
Vladimir Meciar asked Hungarian Slovaks to issue a statement
in favor of Slovakia's entry into the Council of Europe. Miklos
Duray, Chairman of the Hungarian minority party Coexistence told
reporters at a 28 June press conference that while his party
supports Slovakia's entry into that body, he wants Slovakia to
first fulfill CE recommendations regarding minority rights. TASR
reports that Hungarian Christian Democratic Movement Chairman
Vojtech Bugar would also like Slovakia to join the CE; however,
he complained that the Slovak parliament has refused to accept
the ethnic Hungarian parties' resolution on minority issues.
The main concerns of the CE are Slovak laws prohibiting bilingual
signs in ethnically mixed areas and disallowing Hungarian names
in Slovak birth registers. Although the Slovak government said
it was willing to resolve these issues, the Slovak parliament
on 25 June postponed a vote on changing these laws. Slovak diplomat
to the CE Eva Mitrova is "hopeful" that the CE Ministers' Committee
will vote to admit Slovakia in its 30 June session. If not, Mitrova
says that another session of the Ministers' Committee will be
called in September. -Sharon Fisher

DIALOGUE WITH SUDETEN GERMANS POSTPONED. Czech Prime Minister
Vaclav Klaus said on 26-June that the dialogue between representatives
of the Czech coalition parties and of Sudeten German groups should
not be pursued with any intensity, CTK reports. Klaus explained
that the speeches of certain German politicians at the Sudeten
German congress held on 29-30 May led him to withdraw his support
for negotiations with the Sudeten Germans at any level. In response
to Klaus' statements, Czech President Vaclav Havel expressed
on 28 June his understanding for a postponement of talks with
the Sudeten Germans. Havel believes, however, that a dialogue
is vital and will eventually take place. In early June, Klaus
had endorsed a decision by the leaders of the Czech ruling coalition
parties to hold unofficial, low-level talks with the Sudeten
Germans, citing the need for an exchange of views. A working
group set up by the four coalition parties, without the direct
involvement of the Czech government, was to discuss issues of
resettlement and compensation rights for those expelled from
Czech territory after 1945. President Havel, a strong advocate
of open discussion on the German issue, had welcomed the plans
for dialogue. -Milada Vachudova

HDF ETHICS COMMITTEE REACHES DECISIONS. The ethics committee
of the ruling Hungarian Democratic Forum (HDF) met on 28 June
in order to decide if the behavior of two HDF deputies Gyula
Zacsek and Gyorgy Szilasy "lived up to the expectations of the
party," MTI reports. Zacsek is also a member of the party's presidium.
Both deputies have repeatedly criticized the Hungarian government
both at home and abroad for the slow pace of political change
in the country and Szilasy has also referred to the country's
present constitution as "rubbish." Szilasy was accused of wanting
to run HDF deputies as independents during the 1994 national
elections. Szilasy has also raised the question if the historical
role of the fascist Hungarian leader during World War II, Ferenc
Szalasy, could be reevaluated. Zacsek has allegedly called the
present Hungarian government treacherous. The ethics committee
has suspended Szilasy's membership for one year and expelled
Zacsek from the party. -Judith Pataki

RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT FAILS TO VOTE ON TREATY WITH HUNGARY. According
to a 28-June report by Magyar Nemzet, on 24 June the Russian
parliament failed to ratify the Hungarian-Russian Basic Treaty.
The parliament was to vote on the issue again on 25 June, but
the treaty was removed from the agenda because it was feared
that it would be rejected again. The Russian parliament objects
to the passage that condemns the Soviet invasion of Hungary during
the 1956 revolution. The issue of ratification is especially
delicate because the rejection took place while Hungarian President
Arpad Goncz is on an official visit in Russia and should meet
with Yeltsin as well. -Judith Pataki

ROMANIA'S EX-COMMUNISTS DENY POLITICAL PACT. On 28 June Traian
Mohora, spokesman for the Socialist Labor Party (the re-born
communist party), denied that his organization had allied itself
with the ruling Democratic National Salvation Front. He described
a 24 June meeting between leaders of the DNSF, the SLP, the Party
of Romanian National Unity, the Greater Romania Party and the
Romanian Democratic Agrarian Party as an "exchange of information"
that did not result in any political pact. Mohora said that his
party's support for the DNSF government was "conditional." Dan
Ionescu

RUSSIA CUTS GAS SUPPLY TO LITHUANIA. On 27-July Russia cut off
the supply of gas to Lithuania since debts of more than $40 million
had not been paid, Radio Lithuania reported on 28 June. Shipments
of gas were halted to all commercial customers except the Azotas
plant in Jonava, and the Ekranas plant in Panevezys that had
separate gas contracts with another Russian company. Gas will
be still shipped to Kaliningrad through Lithuania. Using available
gas reserves, Lietuvos Dujos will to continue to supply gas to
homes until the middle of July. Eesti Gaas general director Aarne
Saar expressed the hope that a similar gas cut off to Estonia
in effect since 25 June would be settled soon since Estonia plans
to pay half of its 80-million kroons debt by 10 July and the
other half by 1 August. -Saulius Girnius

NARVA CITY COUNCIL PLANS REFERENDUM. On 28 July the Narva City
Council in a closed door meeting decided to hold a referendum
in the city on 16 and 17 July with the question "Do you want
Narva to have a national-territorial autonomy (status) within
the Republic of Estonia?", BNS reports. The council adopted a
resolution stating that Estonian laws on elections to local councils,
on aliens, on elementary and secondary schools, and the language
law discriminate against many Narva residents. All residents
regardless of citizenship will be eligible to vote in the referendum
whose results should be known by 23-July when a council meeting
depending on the results will either call new local elections
or resign. Estonian Reform Minister Liia Hanni called the holding
of the referendum illegal noting "The Narva town council has
violated the Estonian Constitution which states that Estonia
is territorially indivisible,'" Reuters reports. -Saulius Girnius


LATVIA SWITCHES TO PERMANENT CURRENCY. Starting on 28 June all
prices of goods, services, and other payments in Latvia began
to be posted only in lats and santims, Baltic media report. The
Latvian ruble which is being gradually replaced by the lats will
remain valid for an undetermined period. All bank accounts will
be recalculated into lati at a rate of 200-Latvian rubles to
1 lats. In March and April the 5lati bills and 50 santimi, 1,
and 2 lats coins were introduced which are now being supplemented
by five larger bills and five smaller coins. Individuals and
companies will, however, be able to have accounts in foreign
currencies and there will be no restrictions in their use. Saulius
Girnius

GAGAUZ ARMED RAIDS RAISE TENSION. In recent weeks, heavily armed
groups of the Gagauz "republican guard" have raided kolkhozes
both within and outside Gagauz-inhabited areas, taking livestock
and machinery. "Gagauz republic" leaders are obliquely indicating
that the republican guard is not fully under their control. A
number of localities including the Bulgarian-inhabited Taraclia
raion, fearing that their crops may be robbed during the impending
harvesting season, have asked Chisinau for police protection.
The Moldovan leadership accordingly decided on 26 June to send
police reinforcements around the perimeter of the Gagauz-inhabited
areas. It also announced that it has asked the Council of Europe
and other international organizations to review the Moldovan
draft law on Gagauz administrative and cultural autonomy, Basapress
reported on 26 June. -Vladimir Socor

[As of 1200 CET]

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