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09/18/1996

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Lebed Puts Deal For Peace On Track

National security chief Alexander Lebed flew to Chechnya on Tuesday amid signs of a breakdown in the peace process and emerged from talks with separatist leaders promising that peace was on track and that Russia would continue troop withdrawals suspended last week. ""We are continuing to move toward peace -- stable, long-term and possibly eternal,"" Lebed said after meeting with Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev on Tuesday afternoon. The two leaders reaffirmed the peace accords signed last month in the village of Khasavyurt and talked over a series of disputes, ranging from an exchange of prisoners to the composition of an interim coalition government for Chechnya, that has led to growing tension over the past week, Interfax reported.

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