Moscow, 10 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Interfax news agency is reporting that the two leaders of the warring sides in Tajikistan's bitter four-year civil war agreed today to hold further talks without preconditions in Moscow next week.
Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov met Islamist opposition leader Sayid Abdullohi Nuri in northern Afghanistan (Khostdekh) to lay the groundwork for a peace agreement to be signed in Moscow.
Interfax gave no further details. But an aide to Nuri cited
earlier by the agency said a ceasefire accord and some form of
coalition government were under consideration.
Fighting has flared in the former Soviet republic since the
peace talks were announced at the end of last month, with each
side trying to strengthen its negotiating position.
The four-year civil war has left tens of thousands dead and
many more homeless in the remote, mountainous country bordering
Afghanistan and China.