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RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 18, Part I, 26 January 2000


LOCAL NEWSPAPER IN KAZAKHSTAN LINKED TO SEPARATISTS. The city court in
Ust-Kamennogorsk, the capital of East Kazakhstan Oblast, on 25 January
suspended for three months publication of the local independent
commercial newspaper "HBC-Press," for having published materials
undermining the independence and sovereignty of Kazakhstan, RFE/RL's
Almaty bureau reported. On 25 November the paper had published an
appeal by Viktor Kazimirchuk, the leader of a group of 22 ethnic
Russians arrested several days earlier for having allegedly planned to
attack and occupy administrative buildings in Ust-Kamennogorsk and
proclaim an independent Russian Altai Republic (see "RFE/RL Newsline,"
23 and 24 November 1999). LF


RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 18, Part II, 26 January 2000


ESTONIA EASES RESIDENCE PERMIT RENEWALS 
Faced with up to 200,000 residence permit renewals this year, the
Estonian government on 25 January decided to ease the renewal process.
Population Minister Katrin Saks confirmed the changes to BNS, saying
that now to renew residence permits the applicant only needs to submit
the application and copies of relevant pages within their passports.
Saks added that proof of legal residence and income will not be
required again for renewal. Additional paperwork may be required for
former foreign military and intelligence personnel, as well as former
convicts. The government also decided to open a telephone hotline for
the Citizenship and Migration Department. The department has been
criticized for being unfriendly and overly bureaucratic and its head,
Andres Kollist, was recently sacked (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 17 January
2000). MH 


KOSOVA'S SERBS TO ENTER UN-BACKED COUNCILS? 
Kosova Serb leader Momcilo Trajkovic said at Gracanica monastery that
his Serbian National Council is getting closer to an agreement with
the UN's Bernard Kouchner on Serbian participation in the UN's
provisional administrative system. Trajkovic stressed that he is
negotiating Serbian participation on the local, regional, and
provincial levels as a package, "Danas" reported on 26 January.
Observers note that the key provision of any deal between the Serbs
and the UN is a wide degree of self-rule for largely or purely Serbian
communities. "Danas" reported that the Serbs will police their own
"enclaves" and that the Kosova Protection Corps, which is composed
largely of ethnic Albanian veterans of the former Kosova Liberation
Army, will not be allowed to enter them. The UN still retains its
formal opposition to the Serb demand for a "cantonization" of the
province on ethnic lines. PM 


CIS EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT SUBMITS RECOMMENDATIONS ON TRANSDNIESTER 
the CIS Executive Secretariat submitted on 25 January its
recommendations for settling the Transdniester conflict to the
visiting heads of state and government in Moscow. For the first time
ever, the Moldovan delegation at the CIS summit included a
representative from Tiraspol, the deputy prime minister of the
breakaway region, Victor Sinev. Also, a Spanish military delegation
arrived in Transdniester to inspect Russian army depots as part of the
CFE onventional Forces Treaty in Europe signed last November,
BASA-Press reported. VG 


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