WARSAW, 19 March 2003 - The OSCE
Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will send a
small team of experts on a fact-finding visit to the Russian Federation
on the occasion of the referendum in Chechnya scheduled for Sunday. The
experts are planning to visit Grozny, as well as polling stations set up
for internally displaced persons from Chechnya in the neighbouring Republic
The decision to conduct this fact-finding visit comes after an assessment team concluded on 3 March that the deployment of a standard observation mission was not possible, but recommended to continue the assessment process.
The ODIHR looks forward to working with the authorities and civil society in the Russian Federation, and the Chechen Republic in particular, in the period following the referendum, in accordance with its mandate.
For further information, please contact:
Public Affairs Unit
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Aleje Ujazdowskie 19
Tel.: +48-603 683 122 (mobile)
+48-22 520 06 00
Fax: +48-22 520 06 05