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[tatar-l] Tatar News -- February 1, 2000

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  • Uli Schamiloglu
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      Tatar News
      Tatar-Bashkir Service -- Radio Liberty
      (copyright RFE/RL, Inc.)
      www.rferl.org bitcasts news in Tatar/Bashkir, Azeri, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, & other languages
      light English editing by Uli Schamiloglu at the request of the editor

      Tatar News 1 February

      *Chechen Representation Closed In Kazan

      State Registration Chamber of Tatarstan's Ministry of Justice cancelled the
      license of the Chechen plenipotentiary representative's office in the republic,
      Tatarinform agency reported on 1 February. According to the Foreign Affairs
      Department of Tatarstan's president the representation would possibly get
      the status of trade representation in future.
      The official representative of Chechnya in Tatarstan Umar Ayupov has been
      operating for about 4 years in Kazan, mostly dealing with economic ties
      between the republics.

      *Tatarstan's President Meets Belorussian Official

      President of Tatarstan Republic Mintimer Shaimiev met the Belorussian
      Foreign Minister Ural Latipov on 31 January in Kazan, presidential press
      service announced the same day. Reportedly sides discussed the issues of
      bilateral cooperation in economy and culture. According to the press service
      Belorussian president Alexander Lukashenko was going to visit Tatarstan
      later this year. Tatarstan's Minister of Trade and Economic Cooperation
      Hafiz Salikhov and Deputy Director of Presidential Foreign Affairs
      Department Dinar Ismagilov also attended the meeting.

      *Chally TPC Addresses The Holocaust Forum

      The nationalist Tatar Public Center branch in Tatarstan's second city Chally
      appealed to the Swedish Prime Minister Yoran Persson and the organizational
      committee of International Holocaust Forum on 31 January. The appeal said
      that Tatar Public Center "shared the ideas of the Forum", noting that
      "within the last 5 years none of the foreign countries and international
      organizations had been determined enough to speak out against the holocaust
      of the heroic Chechen people."

      *YelAZ-GM Venture To Boost Production In 2000

      The YelAZ-General Motors joint venture in Tatarstan earned $1 million in profits
      in 1999, the AK&M agency reported on 1 February. According to the company's new
      managing director Axel Smith such results were achieved "due to
      rearrangements inside the company and despite the current economic crisis".
      YelAZ-GM reportedly produced and sold 500 Chevrolet-Blazers and Opel Vectras
      in 1999. The company intends to increase the share of produced Opel Vectras
      up to 50% and sell the total of 1300 vehicles of both brands in 2000.

      *Muslim Leader Of Tatarstan Heads To North Africa

      Tatarstan's Muslim Spiritual Board chairman Gusman khazrat Iskhak will
      participate in the World Forum of Moslems in Fort-Lami, Republic of Chad,
      agencies reported on 1 February. On his way to Chad Gusman khazrat intends
      to visit Italy, Malta Island and Libya. The World forum will also involve
      Muslim leaders from other republics of the Russian Federation and CIS countries.

      Iskender Nurmi

      Uli Schamiloglu
      Associate Professor of Central Asian Studies
      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
      1452 Van Hise Hall -- University of Wisconsin
      1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI  53706  USA
      tel. 1-608-262-7141 off.; 1-608-262-3012 dept.; 1-608-265-3538 fax
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