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  • Norbert Strade
    Statement by the Presidential Administration of the ChRI By Ibragim Mezhidov, Head of the Presidential Administration In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2005
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      Statement by the Presidential Administration of the ChRI

      By Ibragim Mezhidov, Head of the Presidential Administration

      In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Munificent!

      Some Chechen internet sites have been recently publishing many articles
      and editorials that reject the crucial state institutions and offices of
      the ChRI and use different arguments and viewpoints, including religious
      ones, to cast doubt on the historical decision of the Chechen people to
      restore its independent statehood. So we think the time has come to
      explain that the Chechen government (some members of which are Islamic
      scholars, „alims“) does not see any conflict between Islam and the
      doctrine of the independent Chechen state, complete with its official
      structures and institutions.

      It is also necessary to explain that the key points of the well-known
      article by Akhmed Zakayev, Vice Premier and Head of the Foreign Policy
      Department of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government
      (http://www.chechenpress.info/events/2005/12/19/01.shtml) have been
      agreed with and approved by the President of the ChRI and the
      Presidential Administration of the ChRI. The official government of the
      ChRI is hereby informing the Chechen public that this and other
      political and ideological activities of the Foreign Policy Department
      under the ChRI government are in agreement with the views of the
      President and government of the ChRI and have their full support.

      However, we believe that certain Chechen ideologists holding official
      posts in the ChRI government should re-think their opinions and stop
      misinforming the Chechen and international communities on the official
      views of the Chechen government on the fundamental issues of home and
      foreign politics.

      The President of the ChRI and the armed forces of ChRI under his command
      have been abiding and will continue to abide by the rules and principles
      of international humanitarian law, despite the fact that the Russian
      occupants and the Kremlin government choose to violate them and
      international organizations often choose to ignore them. The Chechen
      government said it before and says it again: we are prepared for
      objective international investigation of any case in dispute.

      We confirm that, in accordance with the principle of freedom of speech,
      any citizen of the ChRI has the right to express their opinion on the
      issues of the Chechen statehood and reform of its official structures
      and institutions, with the exception of any calls for violent overthrow
      of the existing state system, which would be a crime. However, anyone
      who will be publishing their views in any further discussions of the
      said issues should bear in mind that the government, Parliament and
      President of the ChRI have already clearly expressed the official
      viewpoint of the Chechen government on all those issues.

      Chechenpress, Official Information Department, 31.12.05.

      http://www.chechenpress.co.uk/english/news/2005/12/31/01.shtml
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