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Ambassador Says U.S. Not Stirring Revolution In Tajikistan


http://gdb.rferl.org/631f9087-d4ae-4a92-b452-f18e2890e1be_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/631f9087-d4ae-4a92-b452-f18e2890e1be_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) 1 December 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Richard Hoagland, the U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan, today said that U.S. efforts to promote democracy in Tajikistan are not aimed at stirring up a democratic revolution there.


Hoagland made his remarks in a meeting with Tajikistan's ruling People's Democratic Party in Dushanbe. The meeting came after he demanded apologies for what he said was anti-U.S. propaganda in the latest issue of "Jumhuriyat," a state-run Tajik newspaper.


Hoagland said the article in question "has no basis in reality" and that whoever ordered it wants to harm U.S.-Tajik relations.


He also urged political pluralism in Tajikistan, saying that democratic change is not a threat to stability.


"Jumhuriyat" published the article on 26 November. It accuses ABA/CEELI, a U.S.-funded legal assistance organization, of criticizing the Tajik government and promoting "dangerous" Western values.


(RFE/RL's Tajik Service with Avesta, Asia-Plus, AP)

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