Chechen peace talks go nowhere
Friday 26 May 1995
A future meeting was promised but the participants lacked the confidence to set a date. Peace prospects had never been bright, despite the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), chaired by Hungary, throwing its weight behind the negotiations. On the eve of the talks, Russian troops and Chechen rebels clashed, not only in the countryside but on the streets of the capital, Grozny, which Moscow believed it had subdued in February.
The two sides did manage a ceasefire for the four hours during which their representatives faced each other at the OSCE's Grozny office but that appeared to be about the only achievement. Yesterday's talks might have stood a better chance of success had the Chechen leader, General Dzhokhar Dudayev, attended, as the OSCE earlier this week announced he would. But the rebel general was sceptical of Russian promises of a safe passage and he chose to be represented by Usman Imayev, the former Chechen state prosecutor. There was no evidence that either side had changed its conditions for peace. While the talks took place, Chechen women protested about the thousands of civilian casualties.
Now the negotiations have ended, there is little to stop the Russians renewing their assault on the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, where the rebels have set up their stronghold.
- 1 This is what happens when you tattoo Charmander on yourself, drunk, and with no experience
- 2 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...