ON THE REJECTION BY THE UN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS OF A EU DRAFT RESOLUTION ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Unofficial translation from Russian
A vote took place on April 19 at the 58th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva on a Draft Resolution On the Human Rights Situation in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.
By a majority of votes of the Commission member states this patently tendentious draft was rejected. This is only natural, for in the world there goes the profound reappraisal of the processes occurring at this stage of development. The understanding is growing stronger that to effectively counteract new real threats and challenges - and international terrorism, undoubtedly, is the chief one of them - is possible only in solidarity, by combining the efforts of the entire world community.
It is of fundamental importance that an ever larger number of states are arriving at this understanding and acting accordingly.
Russia, for its part, will continue to actively cooperate further with other members of the international community in the struggle against terrorism, in order to ensure the fundamental right of any person - the right to life.
As to the Chechen Republic, the political process of the restoration of constitutional order and peaceful life is continuing there. But of course, there still remain quite a few problems. They, beyond all manner of doubt, will be solved. Russia looks forward to the understanding and support of its partners.
April 20, 2002