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Russia refuses to renew OSCE Chechen mission mandate

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Russia informed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) last week that it has no interest in negotiating a new mandate for the OSCE office in Chechnya, which must now close by 21 March, an OSCE spokesman told RFE/RL on 23 January. The mission's mandate expired on 31 December, but the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, which currently holds the OSCE chairmanship, all urged Moscow to continue efforts to reach consensus on a new mandate (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 3 and 6 January 2003). LF
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