DATE=1/18/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA / POLITICS (L) NUMBER=2-258166 BYLINE=EVE CONANT DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Russia's newly elected parliament opened for its first session Tuesday. In an address to the assembly, Acting President Vladimir Putin urged lawmakers to cooperate and to end years of confrontation with the Kremlin. V-O-A Moscow correspondent Eve Conant reports. TEXT: Russia's new parliament began its first session with an address by Acting President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin urged lawmakers to enact economic reforms and end its history of bitter disputes with government leaders. ///ACT PUTIN IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER/// He says, "There is much to accomplish. We must put an end to the policy of confrontation and ambitions." The previous parliament had been dominated by Russia's Communist Party and had blocked many Kremlin and international initiatives, including land reform and arms reduction treaties. But the new parliament is dominated by parties that have pledged at least partial support to Acting President Putin and his present Kremlin administration. Lawmakers are expected to enact more pro-market reforms and work more closely with the government. Acting President Putin, a favorite to win in coming presidential elections, told reporters after his speech there would be no possibility of what he described as a dictatorship emerging in Russia. ///ACT PUTIN IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER/// He says, "First of all, I have not yet come to power as president. Those who are talking about some type of dictatorship forming are themselves dreaming of it," he says. "Their dream is impossible in modern Russia." One of the first tasks on the parliament's agenda is to elect a new speaker of the house. The Communist party is trying to retain control of the powerful post. (Signed) NEB/EC/GE/KL 18-Jan-2000 07:46 AM EDT (18-Jan-2000 1246 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .