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RIA Novosti

WASHINGTON, April 6, (RIA Novosti's Arkady Orlov) - An overwhelming majority of the people of Chechnya - 90% - want to live within Russia, while less than 10% of the Chechens support separatist trends, Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the State Duma's foreign affairs committee, said on Tuesday in Washington.

"The idea of Chechen independence is no longer valid," the deputy said, speaking at a presentation of the analytical magazine Russia Profile, published in Russia in the English language. The magazine tells its foreign readers about political, economic and social processes under way in Russia.

In Kosachyov's opinion, more funds should be invested in Chechnya.

"Economic and social development is now very important," believes the head of the committee, according to whom Russia should channel into Chechnya "ten times more" than it puts into other regions so that Chechen inhabitants could see the advantages of the republic's development within Russia.

Speaking of the process of regulation in Chechnya, Kosachyov stressed the need for differentiating between radical forces and the rest of the population in the republic. Specifically, he mentioned the experience of a recent successful round table on Chechnya held in Strasbourg under PACE aegis. It could be attended by representatives of all forces, with the exception of those whose participation in terrorist activity has been proved and who do not recognize Chechnya as part of Russia.

The round table enabled its participants to exchange views on a wide range of issues connected with the settlement of the Chechen conflict, the committee head said.

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