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Tajikistan: President, Rebel Leader To Sign Peace Accord

Dushanbe, 30 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - A UN official says Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov and the leader of Islamic opposition forces, Said Abdullah Nouri, will sign a peace accord in Moscow on June 14.

UN mission head Gerd-Dietrich Merrem announced the move at a press conference in Dushanbe today.

He said the agreement will pave the way for peace in Tajikistan after five years of conflict. A ceasefire has been in effect since late last year.

Rakhmonov and Nouri signed a draft political accord in mid-May. It included a mutual pardon for both sides, an amnesty, an end to restrictions on opposition parties and media, and the inclusion of representatives of the opposition in the electoral commission and the government.

Russia, along with Iran, have been joint sponsors of the peace process.