Dushanbe, March 11 (RFE/RL) -- Tajikistan's Foreign
Minister Talbak Nazarov today sharply criticized the Tajik opposition
for the "unconstructive approach" he said it was taking to resolving
the country's continuing civil war.
Addressing a session of the Tajik parliament devoted to a discussion
of the conflict, Nazarov said leaders of the Tajik opposition had
"n-o-t accepted any of the constructive proposals put forward by
official Dushanbe, starting in 1994."
Nazarov, who has been heading the Tajik government delegation at
peace talks in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan, rejected opposition demands
for the dissolution of parliament and the formation of a government
of national reconciliation.
Opposition leaders, who had been invited by Tajik President Emomali
Rakhmonov to attend today's parliamentary session, failed to show up
today, citing personal safety concerns. Rakhmonov, addressing
legislators, expressed his regret at the opposition's absence, saying
his government had provided written guarantees assuring opposition
The Tajik government and the opposition have n-o-t renewed a truce,
which expired last month. James Collins, the U.S. ambassador at large
to former Soviet republics, yesterday warned that the U.N. might quit
its mediating role in Tajikistan if the government and the
pro-Islamic opposition do not renew the ceasefire.