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Tajikistan: Talks Expected To Resume Tomorrow

Moscow, 5 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Talks in Moscow between the Tajik government and the opposition, which were suspended earlier this week, are expected to resume tomorrow.

Interfax news agency quotes chief Tajik opposition negotiator Akbar Turadzhonzoda as saying the two sides will return tomorrow to the negotiating table. Opposition representatives were allowed today to meet their fighters, who were arrested earlier in Dushanbe.

The opposition suspended the talks on Monday over the arrest of the five fighters. The deputy head of the opposition delegation, Abdunabis Satorzoda, flew to the Tajik capital to investigate the arrests. Satorzoda is expected to return tomorrow to Moscow.

The Moscow talks are aimed at settling military issues between the Tajik government and the opposition after a UN-sponsored peace agreement was reached last December. Moscow is mediating in the talks.