PACE Delegation Head Has Had Negotiations in Russia's Parliament

The PACE delegation head and a member of the British Parliament, Lord Frank Judd has stated that his Tuesday meetings and negotiations in the State Duma /the Parliament's lower chamber/ "were very fruitful".

In the morning the PACE delegation met the State Duma Speaker, Gennady Seleznev, then had negotiations with representatives of the Russian permanent PACE delegation headed by the Chairman of the Duma international committee, Dmitry Rogozin.

Frank Judd stressed that the debates with Russian MPs had "proved to be very useful." "We discussed the Russian Parliament's standpoint regarding Chechnya's future with our Russian colleagues, as well as initiatives taken for future adoption of the Chechen Constitution," he said.

Lord Judd believes before the adoption of the Chechen Constitution this project should be openly discussed with participation of mass media. "In this case it will be a strong Constitution, reflecting the interests of Chechen citizens and they will support it," he stressed.