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Administration head won't ask for special status for Chechnya

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The issue of Chechnya's special status will not be raised with the federal authorities, head of the Chechen civil administration Akhmad Kadyrov told Interfax on Friday.

"The Chechen people have had had to deal with sovereignty and independence enough in the past ten years," Kadyrov noted.

In keeping with Kadyrov's instructions, the drafting of a treaty between the federal authorities and Chechnya has begun. Kadyrov did not say what the document will be called.

Commenting on Russian presidential administration head Alexander Voloshin's statement that the document should be signed without delay, Kadyrov pointed out that it must be free of political issues.

Chechnya should have tax breaks and wide economic independence during the restoration of its industrial and social spheres, he said.

However, Chechnya must not have more or less rights than other Russian regions, in keeping with the Constitution, he said.

"Joint efforts are needed to bring Chechnya to the average level of development attained in the territories of Russia," he said. (Interfax-South)