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Tajikistan: President Enroute To Meeting With Opposition

Dushanbe, 18 December 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmonov flew today from the Tajik capital Dushanbe to Moscow. He is scheduled to meet tomorrow with Tajik Islamic opposition leader Abdulloh Nuri to complete negotiations for a permanent ceasefire in the four-year-old Tajik civil war.

There are reports that disagreement has developed within the opposition on an interim ceasefire agreement recently signed by the two leaders in northern Afghanistan. Our correspondent reports that Nuri's chief of staff, Davlat Usmon, is in the Tajik town of Garm to talk to opposition commanders. Our correspondent, who is in Garm, says that Usmon is trying to convince the commanders to comply with the terms of the agreement.

A failure of Usmon's efforts could delay the scheduled Rakhmonov-Nuri meeting.