Zakayev to head “World Chechen Congress”?

Akhmed Zakayev & Dukvakha AbdurakhmanovThe so-called emissary of Chechen separatists, Akhmed Zakayev, and speaker of the Chechen parliament, Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, held a new round of talks in London on 11-12 August 2009. The two sides met earlier in Oslo.

Zakayev’s Foreign Minister, Usman Ferzauli, and representative in the Baltic States, Aminat Saiyeva, also took part in the talks in London. Abdurakhmanov was accompanied by Dik-Magomed Mullayev.

Zakayev and Abdurakhmanov announced a plan to convene a “World Congress of the Chechen People,” probably somewhere in Europe. Kavkaz Center, mouthpiece of the armed resistance, assumes that the gathering would urge Chechen refugees to return to Chechnya.

Commenting the results of talks with Zakayev held earlier in Oslo under the auspices of Norwegian businessman Ivar Amundsen’s Chechnya Peace Forum, Abdurakhmanov said there were no obstacles for Zakayev or other Chechens living in Western Europe to return to Chechnya.

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  1. Zakayev: World Chechen Congress to meet in 2009

    A session of the World Chechen Congress, which is to be held under an agreement between the speaker of the Chechen parliament, Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, and Chechen separatist envoy Akhmed Zakayev, may be convened before the end of 2009, Zakayev told BBC Russian Service. A session of the World Chechen Congress was held in Copenhagen in 2002. The Congress was thereafter registered in Brussels as an independent organisation, Zakayev said.

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