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Central Asia: Yastrzhembsky Says Tajik Accord To be Signed June 27

Moscow, 18 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - A spokesman for Russian President Boris Yeltsin said today a peace accord bringing to a formal end the four-year civil war in Tajikistan will be signed in Moscow on June 27.

Sergei Yastrzhembsky told reporters the accord will be signed by Tajik President Emmomali Rakhmonov and Said Abdullo Nuri, leader of the Islamic opposition. Yeltsin will attend the Kremlin ceremony, as well as representatives of the United Nations, which together with Russia brokered the accord, and of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Yastrzhembsky said the foreign ministers of neighbouring coutries will also be invited to attend the Kremlin ceremony.

The peace accord was due to be signed at the beginning of this month but was postponed due to unspecified "technical reasons".