MINELRES: Fwd: RFE/RL: Russia Deputies Set Up Group in Estonian Parliament

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RUSSIAN   DEPUTIES  SET   UP   GROUP  IN   ESTONIAN  PARLIAMENT.   Six
Russian-speaking  members of  the parliament  announced on 3  June the
formation  of a parliamentary  group to  deal with issues  of national
minorities,  BNS reported.  The  group elected  former Ethnic  Affairs
Minister  Eldar Efendiyev of  the Center  Party as its  chairman, with
Sergei Ivanov of the  Reform Party as his deputy. Ivanov told BNS: "We
are  in favor  of developing  in Estonia an  integrated, multicultural
society  with  conditions  for the  preservation  of  the culture  and
language of national minorities.  This is particularly topical in view
of accession to the  European Union." He said the group is open to all
interested  deputies who  consider  themselves members  of a  national
minority. SG

RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 104, Part II, 4 June 2003

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