Chechnya Accuses Ingushetia of Seizing its Land Russia

RIA Novosti
22:04 26/08/2012

Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya is set to ask federal authorities to demarcate an administrative border between Chechnya and Ingushetia, saying its lands are being seized, the Chechen leadership’s website said on Sunday.

The issue was discussed at Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s meeting with the republic’s officials.

“Participants of the meeting informed that officials in Ingushetia undertake measures not only to legally settle at territories which the Chechen authorities considered the borderland between the two republics, but also to seize new lands, encroaching on the territory of the Chechen Republic,” a statement posted on the Chechen leader and government’s website reads.

"I will raise the issue of delimitating the administrative border between the republics at the federal level. If two republics, two federal entities are now separate, they should have a clear border between them. This is vital for economic activities, taxation, law-enforcement and nature conservation efforts,” the statement quotes Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as saying.

The Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Republic, a single administrative entity in the Soviet Union, split in December 1992.

“Whole villages and districts have been seized [by those] taking advantage of the Chechen people’s problems. We showed restraint. But the process to seize more and more Chechen territories is underway… We will not allow any jokes,” Kadyrov said.

“These actions are provocative by nature,” he added. “The boundary line, which we have never drawn and in which we took no interest, is being pushed inside the Chechen Republic.”

According to the statement, Ingush officials “refer to documents allegedly signed by [Chechen separatist leader] Dzhokhar Dudayev.”

Dzhokhar Dudayev became president of the newly declared Chechen Republic in October 1991 and declared independence from the Russian Federation the following month. He was killed in 1996 by a Russian-fired precision-guided bomb.

“If the Russian laws and the Russian leadership see the Dudayev regime as illegal, all his agreements, decrees and ordnances are also illegal… If some borderline-related documents are considered lawful, then we will have to admit the legitimacy of Dudayev and his criminal regime,” Kadyrov said.

Ingush officials were not immediately available for a comment.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120826/175448267.html

 

Chechnya Might Reclaim Two Ingush Districts – Kadyrov
RIA Novosti
20:00 04/09/2012

Chechen authorities have evidence that two districts currently part of Ingushetia used to be a part of Chechnya, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Tuesday.

On August 26 Kadyrov said that Chechnya is set to ask federal authorities to demarcate an administrative border between Chechnya and Ingushetia, which he said is encroaching on Chechen land.

Kadyrov said that Chechnya can substantiate its request to make Ingushetia’s Sunzhensky and a part of the Malgobek district a part of Chechnya.

“We have archival documents proving that those districts are a part of the Chechen Republic. The Republic of Ingushetia has no such documents, and never had… It was merged with Chechnya only in 1934,” Kadyrov said at an extended session of the Chechen government.

He added that “the Chechen side will act solely on the basis of Russian Federation laws” in solving its administrative border issue with Ingushetia.

The press service of Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov posted on its website a statement on the issue by a State Duma lawmaker Belan Khamchiyev.

He called on leaders of the two republics to rule out all mutual accusations on the issue, saying they are “extremely dangerous.”

“Attempts by any side to review the existing borders groundlessly and outside the legal framework might entail a chain reaction of territorial claims and breed new conflicts,” Khamchiyev said.

He said that at the moment two republican commissions have been set up to lay down the procedure of defining administrative borders.

The Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Republic, a single administrative entity in the Soviet Union, split in December 1992.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120904/175769363.html

 

Envoy Urges Chechnya, Ingushetia to End Border ‘Bickering’
RIA Novosti
19:51 07/09/2012

 

The Russian president’s Envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District Alexander Khloponin on Friday called on the leaders of Chechnya and Ingushetia to end their administrative border dispute.

On August 26 Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that Chechnya is going to ask the federal authorities to demarcate an administrative border between Chechnya and Ingushetia. The latter, he said, is encroaching on Chechen land. A week later Kadyrov said that Chechnya has documents to substantiate its claim for Ingushetia’s Sunzhensky and part of the Malgobek districts.

Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov replied in his LiveJournal blog that attempts to review the administrative border between the two republics might trigger a conflict.

“I ask you to… stop publicizing this issue, end mutual offenses, stop discussions on this issue once and for all,” Khloponin said. “Stop bickering about it, you are brotherly peoples after all.”

He said the issue should be solved by two working groups that are to determine what documents should become the basis for the administrative border demarcation.

“The land issue is the most acute in the Caucasus, and every wrong step triggers irrevocable consequences that may in fact entail inter-ethnic conflicts,” the presidential envoy said.

The Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Republic, a single administrative entity in the Soviet Union, split in two in December of 1992.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120907/175831442.html

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