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Tajikistan: Opposition Fighters To Arrive In Dushanbe

Dushanbe, 3 September 1997 (RFE/RL) -- A force of 200 opposition fighters is about to arrive in the Tajik capital Dushanbe in the latest step in Tajikistan's peace process.

First deputy leader of the United Tajik Opposition (UTO), Akbar Turajonzode, told RFE/RL that the fighters will arrive later today or tomorrow. He said the force will be soon increased to a total of 460.

The force is mean to protect the opposition's representatives on the National Reconciliation Commission. Turajonzode said those representatives will arrive in Dushanbe on Monday by air from Teheran.

Among those in the opposition delegation will be Abdulloh Nuri, who is to head the Reconciliation Commission. The Commission, in cooperation with President Imomali Rakhomonv, will make changes in government and prepare the ground for new parliamentary elections.