Deiss urges Putin to end Chechen war

The Swiss foreign minister, Joseph Deiss, has responded to the election of Vladimir Putin as the new Russian president with a call for an early end to the war in Chechnya.

This content was published on March 28, 2000 - 08:28

The Swiss foreign minister, Joseph Deiss, has responded to the election of Vladimir Putin as the new Russian president with a call for an early end to the war in Chechnya.

In common with other western leaders who have called on the president-elect to end the Chechen war, Deiss said Switzerland was concerned about the continuing conflict. He said Switzerland had expressed its concerns on a number of occasions in past months.

In an interview with German-language Swiss television, Deiss called on Russia to meet its obligations within the European Council and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

He also urged Russia to ensure that international humanitarian organisations were able to carry out their work in Chechnya under the best possible conditions.

Swissinfo with agencies

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