The chairman of the Chechen parliament, Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, and the so-called emissary of Chechen separatists, Akhmed Zakayev, have held another round of negotiations in Oslo. Kommersant reports that the two-day negotiations took place under the mediation of the director of the Chechnya Peace Forum, Ivar Amundsen.
The two sides refused to divulge any details about the talks. A source in Abdurakhmanov’s entourage said the two sides discussed the chances of “inter-Chechen consensus.” Abdurakhmanov and Zakayev intend to release a joint statement about the results of the negotiations today. Zakayev may announce his return to Chechnya.
Alexei Malashenko, North Caucasus expert at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said the aim of the talks was, most likely, to persuade Zakayev to return to Chechnya. In Malashenko’s opinion, Zakayev’s return will make the Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov, the “leader of all Chechens.” Zakayev may have been offered an official post either inside or outside Chechnya.
The regime in Grozny began its advanced towards Zakayev a year ago. Quite recently, Kadyrov confirmed that he is in talks with Zakayev. “If he is told now that I am waiting for his call, he will call me. He will tell me that he is ready to return. That is how good relations we have,” Kadyrov said. He has offered Zakayev a post in the Chechen Ministry of Culture.
Kadyrov pointed out that there are tens of thousands of Chechens living in Europe, and that many Chechen children have been born there. “The West will use the children and send them [to fight] against the Chechen people and Russia. If we do not bring them home now, we will continue to have problems. Zakayev can do that, given that some people still listen to him,” Kadyrov said.
Zakayev meets Kadyrov’s officials in Oslo
Ахмед Закаев встретился с Дуквахой Абдурахмановым