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Press release, 06.04.2000


Grigory Yavlinsky proposes conducting negotiations from a position of force to terminate the partisan war in Chechnya

The leader of Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky, thinks that Moscow must conduct "negotiations from a position of force” with the representatives of the opposing side to stop the partisan war in Chechnya.

“Negotiations from a position of force are absolutely necessary to stop the partisan war, “ said Grigory Yavlinsky on the Ekho Moskvy radio programme on April 6, 2000. Grigory Yavlinsky is also sure that “the search for a decision to stop the partisan war” is today “the most important issue”.

“I insist that it is absolutely necessary to take political decisions to stop the partisan war, as otherwise the bloodshed will broaden and losses will only increase,” stressed Grigory Yavlinsky.

He also thinks that “it is necessary to begin negotiations about terminating the partisan war” in Chechnya “with virtually everybody who is not directly involved in executions, terrorism, beheadings and the slave trade” and “who can represent the opposing side”; and “first of all with people elected in 1997”.

According to Yavlinsky, “it really makes sense to introduce a state of emergency in those areas of Chechnya where any local self-government was liquidated, in order to be able to return everything within the framework of the norm”. Answering further questions, the leader of the Yabloko faction said that he would not participate in gubernatorial elections in any subject of the RF. "I have not set myself such a task, as I see many problems that require their decisions for all the regions of Russia,” noted Yavlinsky.

Grigory Yavlinsky also said that he respects Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matvienko and expressed his gratitude to her for supporting the candidacy of Igor Artemyev, proposed by Yabloko as candidate for the post of Governor of St Petersburg. The Yabloko leader expressed hope that Igor Artemyev would also be supported by the Union of Right-Wing Forces and other democratic organisations.

Based on Interfax reports.

Grigory Yavlinsky and Stanley Fischer discuss economic situation in Russia

Joint economic programmes of Russia and the IMF are out of the question, until a new Cabinet is formed.

The First Deputy Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund Stanley Fischer made this clear during a meeting with Yabloko's leader Grigory Yavlinsky in the morning on April 6, 2000.

Stanley Fischer is now in Moscow on an official visit. After the meeting Grigory Yavlinsky said that he had discussed a wide range of economic policy issues with the IMF representative.

The leader of Yabloko also stressed that it had been noted during the meeting that "a number of mistakes made by the Russian government together with the IMF led to the economic crisis and stagnation in Russia." "I repeated to Stanley Fischer my proposals on how to improve the economic situation, which can be summed up as closer ties between the institutional reforms and macroeconomic stabilisation," said Grigory Yavlinsky. In turn Stanley Fischer stressed that he has "long professional relations and close economic views" with Yabloko's leader.

Based on Interfax reports.

Yabloko's leadership supports initiatives to create a democratic coalition in Russia

In a unanimous vote, the Bureau of the Central Council of the Yabloko movement backed the initiatives to create a joint democratic coalition in Russia at its meeting on April 6, 2000.

The problems related to the creation of such a coalition, as well as the issue of reforming the party, will be discussed at the meeting of the Central Council of Yabloko scheduled for April 22-23, 2000. Yabloko's leader Grigory Yavlinsky believes that the party needs to be radically reformed. The congress of Yabloko is likely to be held at the end of May.

Based on Interfax reports.