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Tajikistan: Suspended Intra-Tajik Talks Resume

Moscow, 7 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Talks between the Tajik government and the opposition, suspended four days ago, resumed today in Moscow.

Itar-Tass says the two sides today discussed a draft accord, proposed by UN special envoy to Tajikistan Gerdt Merrem.

The intra-Tajik talks were broken off on Monday because of a row over the arrest in the Tajik capital Dushanbe of five rebel fighters.

The current sixth round of talks, which began late last month, has been snagged over disagreement on how to disband opposition forces and integrate them into the government army. A cease-fire agreement between the government and the opposition was signed last December, putting an end to heavy fighting in Tajikistan.