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Tajikistan: Reconciliation Commission To Meet Today

Dushanbe, 23 September 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Tajikistan's National Reconciliation Commission is scheduled to meet today in Dushanbe.

The meeting originally was set for yesterday, but had to be delayed because not all opposition members of the subgroups had arrived from Moscow. The commission was set to approve the programs of its four subgroups, which are working toward implementing the inter-Tajik peace accords. In addition, not all subgroups had completed their draft programs, which are to be submitted to the committee for approval.

The subgroups were set up at the commission's first meeting on September 15. They will work on a variety of issues, including preparing elections, how to form a coalition government, how to reintegrate opposition groups into peaceful life, and the repatriation of Tajik refugees. Most of the refugees are from Afghanistan.

The commission was set up in a peace accord signed in Moscow in June. The accord ended the country's four-year civil war.