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Russian Envoy Meets Tajik Opposition Leader

Dushanbe, July 24 (RFE/RL) - Russia's special envoy for the Tajikistan conflict, Yevgeny Mikhailov, has met in Afghanistan with the leader of the Tajik opposition, said Abdullo Nuri.

RFE/RL's Tajikistan Service reports the Mikhailov-Nuri talks in the opposition stronghold of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan focused on a planned meeting in Moscow soon between Nuri and Tajikistan's President Imomoli Rakhmonov.

Mikhailov also discussed the Rakhmonov-Nuri meeting when he held talks in Dushanbe this week.

The Rakhmonov-Nuri meeting was agreed at talks on the Tajikistan conflict in Ashgabat last week.

The Tajikistan government and opposition also agreed on a ceasefire for central Tajikistan and a prisoner exchange. But reports say fighting continues in the Tavil Dara area, preventing United Nations monitors from assessing the situation in the area. A general ceasefire signed more than two years ago, and recently extended, has not been honored.

The head of the Tajikistan government's delegation, Foreign Minister Talbak Nazarov, yesterday again said the government is willing to accept opposition representatives in the government, but that an opposition demand to form a Council of National Reconciliation would violate the constitution.