Chechnya: European Parliament recognises the genocide of the Chechen People in 1944
The European Parliament has adopted two amendments tabled by the Radical MEP Olivier Dupuis recognising the Chechen genocide in 1944 and asking to study the Akhmadov Peace Plan
Brussels, 26 February 2004 - In the debate on the Belder
Report on EU-Russia relations, the European Parliament has adopted the two amendments
tabled by the Radical MEP Olivier Dupuis and supported by over 100 colleagues
including Poettering, Paasalinna, Coh-Bendit, Frassoni, Wurtz, Pasqua, Malmstrom
and Bonde. The first amendment, adopted almost unanimously, calls on the Commission
and the High Representative for CFSP to study the Akhmadov Plan, which proposes,
on the basis of the international experience in Kosovo, the establishment of
an interim United Nations administration in Chechnya. According to Ilyas Akhmadov,
Foreign Minister in the Chechen government of Mr Maskhadov, this international
administration should be established, after the withdrawal of the Russian military
and civilian forces and the disarmament of the Chechen resistance groups, to
oversee the reconstruction of Chechnya and the passage to democracy and the
Rule of Law, in order to prevent any possibility of destabilisation. At the
end of the transitional period, the Chechen people would be called on to vote
on the final status of Chechnya.
The second amendment, adopted by the plenary assembly of the EP, recognises
that, on the basis of the IV Convention of The Hague of 1907 and the Convention
on the prevention and repression of the crime of genocide adopted by the UN
General Assembly in 1948, the deportation of the entire Chechen people ordered
by Stalin on 23 February 1944 constitutes an act of genocide.
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