The so-called emissary of Chechen separatists, Akhmed Zakayev, is waging a hidden, pro-imperialist and anti-Chechen campaign in the West, writes Alla Dudayeva, widow of Chechnya’s first president Dzhokhar Dudayev, in a statement released in the name of the legitimate government of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
Zakayev’s group is holding talks with representatives of the Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov and has thus merged with the occupation authorities, the statement reads. Zakayev and his supporters have betrayed the memory of the 250,000 who have died in Chechnya and the cause they gave their lives for.
Proclamation of the Government of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
The self-declared “government in exile” of Akhmed Zakayev, which is waging a hidden, pro-imperialist and anti-Chechen campaign in the West, has finally shown its true colours by effectively merging with the occupation authorities. The goal of Zakayev’s “peace negotiations” in Oslo and London is to subjugate Chechnya illegally to Russian rule.
As the sole guarantor of the independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI), the legitimate government of ChRI, is facing a new challenge to its authority. The right response will be to call on all patriotic forces and friends of the Chechen people to expand their fight against the internal and external enemies of Chechen statehood.
The Chechen people announced its sovereignty on 26 November 1990 through a popular referendum. The Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic (RSFSR) and the USSR recognised the sovereignty of the Chechen-Ingush Republic. On 12 March 1992, the new independent republic elected a government and approved a constitution as a sovereign and democratic state.
The independent Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI) emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Imperial Moscow dealt its first strike against ChRI in 1994 by occupying the country, destroying cities and villages, and killing more than a quarter of Chechnya’s population. Resistance against the occupation has not abated, however, even though the Kremlin tries to hide the fact.
The Kremlin is trying to legitimise its puppet regime in Grozny by claiming that Chechnya has always been a part of Russia. This is an attempt to annex the territory of an independent state and to clear the perpetrators of war crimes against the Chechen people of all responsibility. Moscow is thus blatantly violating international law.
We were always aware of internal and external forces who were preparing the ideological justification for the surrender of Chechnya’s real independence. In 2001, these forces held secret negotiations in Switzerland and later in Liechtenstein as part of the Kremlin’s plan to have Chechnya recognised as part of Russia.
In December 2002, Zakayev and his cohorts convened a pro-Russian “World Chechen Congress” in Copenhagen, where they approved a joint plan with the Kremlin to deprive the Chechen people of their statehood and to subjugate Chechnya to Russia. This was contrary to the popular will of the Chechen people, as manifested in the referendum of 26 November 1990.
On 12 August 2009 in London, Zakayev and the Kremlin again announced plans to hold a joint anti-Chechen “congress” in Europe so as to depict the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria as part of the Russian Federation. The Chechen nation has, however, nothing to do with Russia’s internal matters, given that Chechnya seceded from the USSR and restored its statehood in full compliance with international law on 12 March 1992.
Trying to discredit the legal right of the Chechen people to fight against Russian military occupation, Zakayev and the Kremlin fostered an anti-Chechen opinion on the international arena by creating a false image of all those who were opposed to Russian occupation of Chechnya. This only served the interests of the Kremlin and was in line with the suggestions of certain political forces in the West.
What is the goal of the talks between Kadyrov and Zakayev now held in Europe? The principal subject of Russian-Chechen negotiations should be the recognition of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and the deoccupation of the country, including the restoration of a legitimate government. None of this is being discussed in the talks between Kadyrov and Zakayev.
The “peace talks” between Kadyrov and Zakayev, purportedly to end the so-called “civil war,” are part of the Kremlin’s effort to convince the international community that the Russian-Chechen question is Russia’s internal matter. Zhaludi Saralyapov [chairman of Zakayev’s parliament], who is party to the talks, is clearly doing the Kremlin’s bidding. Zakayev’s grand play will not, however, bring the desired result even for Kadyrov.
Zakayev’s actions are criminal and violate the sovereignty of the Chechen nation and its right to freedom. Under the Chechen constitution, “the state soverreignty of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria is undivisible and inviolable, and cannot be the subject of discussion and negotiations with other states, including Russia.”
Many members of the legitimate government of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria proved themselves true patriots in the political struggle of the Chechen people against hostile forces. By staying in their posts, they continued to represent the legal goverment and the legitimate state power of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
The members of the legitimate government repelled Zakayev’s and Saralyapov’s anticonstitutional conspiracy and, at the same time, condemned the self-renunciation of Chechnya’s former president, Dokka Umarov, in November 2007. The members of the legitimate government tried to reach a compromise and have them return to the constitutional path. Unfortunately, neither Zakayev nor Umarov agreed to do so.
Hiding behind the name of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, the photographs of our late presidents, the coat-of-arms and the flag of ChRI, Zakayev, Saralyapov, and their supporters betrayed the memory of the 250,000 who have died and the cause they gave their lives for.
The legitimate government of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria exists as before. Together with the Chechen people, the government continues the struggle against the deoccupation and international recognition of our country. The day will come when the government will hand over its authority to those worthy of carrying on the cause of Chechen independence.
In the name of the Government of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria,
12 August 2009
[Translation: Kerkko Paananen]
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Воззвание Правительства Чеченской Республики Ичкерия