. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland Makes Appeal

WARSAW () -- Poland's parliament appealed to world opinion and the Council of Europe on Friday to prevent the Russian government from continuing the war in Chechnya.

The lower house dominated by the ruling ex-communists and a Peasant party approved the appeal, a watered-down version of a call signed by opposition politicians and several leading intellectuals, with no dissenting voices.

"We appeal to all people of good will -- with a common protest, let us restrain the government of the Russian Federation from using force and continuing the war in Chechnya," the appeal said. "The Sejm [lower house] of the Polish Republic, in such a situation, cannot remain merely a passive observer of the breaking of basic human rights on such a wide scale."

Any attempt to solve the problem of the Chechen people through force against the entire nation was doomed to fail amid great suffering, it said.