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DATE=11/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S - RUSSIA (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-255947 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States says Russia's use of indiscriminate military force in Chechnya is not in keeping with its commitments to the Geneva Conventions on humanitarian treatment in conflicts. From the State Department, V-O-A's Kyle King reports. TEXT: U-S officials are again appealing to Russia to seek a negotiated solution to the conflict in Chechnya. Renewed fighting there has forced some 200- thousand civilians from their homes. U-S officials say they are concerned about the escalating violence and the indiscriminate use of Russian military force against civilians. State Department spokesman James Rubin says Russia has failed to live up to its commitments under the Geneva Conventions. /// FIRST RUBIN ACT /// The indiscriminate use of force and the impact of the escalation on innocent civilians is a matter of deep concern to us. There are obligations under the Geneva Conventions and obligations under the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] code of conduct on political and military aspects of security and our analysis indicates the conduct of Russia's current campaign is not in keeping with these commitments. /// END ACT /// Mr. Rubin declined to describe Russian actions as a violation of the Geneva Conventions. He said he was not prepared to discuss what he described as possible remedies. Russia says its attacks in Chechnya have been aimed at only at rebel positions. Chechen officials say the attacks have caused extensive civilian casualties. Chechen leaders have appealed to President Clinton to help end the assault. Mr. Rubin says a letter was faxed to the President September 30th, but there have been no contacts with the Chechen government. The State Department spokesman says Russian officials should consider an outside mediator to help stop the bloodshed. /// SECOND RUBIN ACT /// We urge the Russians to pursue a political strategy to end the conflict. To consider third party intermediaries and to ensure the safety of displaced persons. /// END ACT /// Officials say they expect Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to discuss the issue with Russian officials by telephone in the coming days. The subject is also expected to be high on the agenda of next week's gathering of heads of state from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. President Clinton and other leaders will meet November 18th and 19th in Istanbul, Turkey. (Signed) NEB/kbk/gm 08-Nov-1999 16:42 PM EDT (08-Nov-1999 2142 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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