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Tajikistan: President And Opposition Leader Sign Ceasefire

Khostdekh, Afghanistan; 11 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmonov and opposition leader Said Abdullohi Nuri have signed a ceasefire agreement today which will come into effect across Tajikistan at midnight local time (8 p.m. Central European Time) tonight.

In addition, the United Nations (U.N.) envoy to Tajikistan, Gerd Merrem, told RFE/RL that Nuri and Rakhmonov initialed four other agreements, which they agreed to sign when they meet again in Moscow on December 19. Merrem was present at the intialing.

The agreements call for the creation of a commission of national reconciliation, a general amnesty, an exchange of prisoners by government and opposition forces and a permanent ceasefire deal.

Today's reported breakthrough follows two days of talks between Nuri and Rakhmonov in the northern Afghan town of Khostdekh.