Schroeder: no talks with 'child murderers'

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8 September 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Wednesday Russia could not be expected to hold talks with child murderers but insisted that there still had to be a political solution in Chechnya. "Can people who are responsible for the murder of countless children be partners for negotiation? This cannot be explained to anybody!" said Schroeder in a speech to parliament. Schroeder was reacting to the school massacre last Friday in southern Russia in which 335 children, parents and teac

8 September 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Wednesday Russia could not be expected to hold talks with child murderers but insisted that there still had to be a political solution in Chechnya.

"Can people who are responsible for the murder of countless children be partners for negotiation? This cannot be explained to anybody!" said Schroeder in a speech to parliament.

Schroeder was reacting to the school massacre last Friday in southern Russia in which 335 children, parents and teachers died and 705 were injured, according to official Russian figures. About half the victims were children.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected any talks with the Chechen rebel leadership believed responsible for the hostage drama.

The German Chancellor, who has a close political friendship with Putin, said Russia's territorial integrity could not be put into question in any talks over Chechnya's future.

This, he said, would only fuel instability in Europe and the world.

Schroeder stressed that terrorism had to be fought wherever it took place in the world and criticized what he said was the reaction of some who were intent on turning Russian victims into perpetrators.

Putin cancelled a planned two-day meeting with Schroeder due to have been held in Hamburg beginning Friday due to the hostage tragedy.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

 

 

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