Yeltsin launches peace pact

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The Independent Online
President Boris Yeltsin, invoking the spectre of civil war, launched a non-binding political peace pact, Reuter reports from Moscow. Ultra-nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky joined 200 politicians in a Kremlin signing ceremony. But the Communists and their Agrarian allies in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, rejected the Treaty on Social Accord.