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Tajikistan: Russian Envoy To Discuss Afghanistan Border Tension

Moscow, 28 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's special envoy on the Tajikistan conflict, Yevgeny Mikhailov, will travel to Kabul for talks on security along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border, says Russia's Foreign Ministry.

Ministry spokesman Mikhail Demurin yesterday told reporters that Mikhailov will discuss confidence-building measures for the border zone, and concern for the Russian-led, CIS peace-keeping force on the border. No date for Mikhailov's mission was specified.

Demurin again asserted that more than a thousand Tajik opposition fighters have assembled in the border region.

At the United Nations this week, Russia's Ambassador Sergei Lavrov expressed Moscow's concern about what he called the "explosive" situation along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border. Lavrov told the Security Council of the reports of a build-up of Tajik opposition fighters in Afghanistan ready -- he said -- to cross into Tajikistan.