Medecins Sans Frontieres to return in Chechnya

The international organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres, which suspended its activities in Chechnya after its worker Kenneth Gluck was abducted in January, is prepared to return to the Caucasian republic, Russian presidential human rights envoy Vladimir Kalamanov told journalists after meeting with one of the organization's coordinators on Tuesday. The meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere and the Medecins Sans Frontieres representative agreed with Russia's position concerning the rules of behaviour for international and non-governmental organizations working in Chechnya, Interfax news agency cites Kalamanov as saying. "We reached a mutual agreement on new forms of co-operation with the republic's government and Kadyrov's administration. We also agreed to hold talks with the Chechen leadership, so that an agreement could be signed between it and Medecins Sans Frontieres," Kalamanov said. The matter involves not only interaction but also the guaranteeing of security to the workers of the organisation in Chechnya while they provide medical aid to the republic's population, he said.

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