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