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Tajikistan: Talks Continue In Tehran As Attacks Rise

Tehran, 7 January 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Our correspondent reports that Tajik government and opposition delegations are continuing their talks in the Iranian capital Tehran today.

Talks are focused on establishing a National Reconciliation Commission which was agreed upon during a meeting last month in Moscow between Tajik President Emomili Rakhmonov and Islamic opposition leader Said Abdullo Nuri.

The opposition today proposed locating the Commission in the Tajik capital Dushanbe. It wants the body to be made up of 40 members -- 16 members each from the government and the opposition and eight members from former Prime Minister Abdullojonov's National Revival Movement.

The opposition also wants the United Nations to send 1,000 peacekeeping troops to the country, with half of those taken from Islamic countries. It further suggested creating a 2,000 member security force to safeguard the National Reconciliation Commission and see to the implementation of other agreements.

The Tajik government side is expected to put forward its proposals tomorrow.

Meanwhile, our correspondent reports from Dushanbe that following a rise in the number of attacks against the Russian military in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, an agreement has been reached to position joint Tajik-Russian patrols in ten of Dushanbe's most "dangerous" locations.

According to the agreement, the Russians will only be authorized to check Russian and CIS military vehicles and personnel. They will act as observers while Tajik officials check civilians. According to the Press Secretary of the CIS Peacekeeping Forces in Tajikistan, the agreement went into effect last Sunday.