Yeltsin offers a compromise

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The Independent Online
MOSCOW (AP) - President Boris Yeltsin reopened his constitutional convention yesterday by presenting delegates with what he praised as a compromise draft for a post-Soviet constitution.

The draft, which aims to reconcile rival proposals fashioned by Mr Yeltsin and a committee of the Supreme Soviet, calls private property a 'natural right' and emphasises the importance of human rights. It would abolish the current legislature, and would give Russia's 66 regions and 21 republics virtually equal rights with each other and with the federal state.