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Programs for Russian Caucasus will be reconsidered, specified - Medvedev

MOSCOW. Sept 10 (Interfax) - The programs for the development of the
Russian Caucasus will be reconsidered in the nearest future, Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev said.

"We will do everything possible to normalize people's life in the
Russian Caucasus. The economic and humanitarian programs for the
country's South will be reconsidered and specified in the nearest
future," Medvedev said in an article published in Gazeta.ru on Thursday.

Medvedev specified that criteria will be worked out to evaluate the
effectiveness of the work by public officials in charge of the Caucasus

"That applies first of all to the federal and regional ministries
and agencies in charge of the quality of policies on industrial
production, finance, social development, education, and culture,"
Medvedev said.

"At the same time, the law enforcement agencies will continue
suppressing the militant groups which are trying to use intimidation and
terror to force their ridiculous ideas and barbaric traditions on some
peoples of the Caucasian republics," he said.

Medvedev said terrorist attacks still occur in the Northern

"Of course, these crimes are committed with support from
international militant groups. But let's admit, the situation would not
be so serious if the socio-economic development of Russia's southern
regions had been really productive," Medvedev said.

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