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DATE=12/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=BRITAIN / CHECHNYA (L-O) NUMBER=2-256958 BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=LONDON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Britain says it appears Russia is responding to international condemnation of its military assault in the breakaway republic of Chechnya and the threat to withdraw much-needed financial aid. Laurie Kassman reports from London. TEXT: British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told British radio that Moscow is responding to Western criticism and threats of isolation. /// COOK ACT ONE /// We now have the interior minister saying they will not close safe corridors as they threatened to do. And the general has said he did not intend the threat to be aimed at the civilian population. /// END ACT /// Political analysts have complained the international community is showing a weak hand in dealing with the Russian crisis. Mr. Cook promises to raise the issue of economic sanctions at the European Union summit at the end of the week if Russia does not back away from its evacuation ultimatum as promised. /// COOK ACT TWO /// If Russia wants to come into the modern world, and we want to help it to do so, it does also have to abide by the standards of that modern world. /// END ACT /// Moscow has not shown any intention of diminishing its military offensive in Chechnya, despite Western complaints about an exaggerated use of force to deal with terrorism there. The 52-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recently called for Moscow to resolve the crisis through political negotiations. The current O-S-C-E chairman is to visit Chechnya to see how the organization might contribute to a peaceful solution. (SIGNED) NEB/LMK/JWH/ENE/RAE 08-Dec-1999 08:07 AM EDT (08-Dec-1999 1307 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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