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Dushanbe, 12 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Over 1,000 fighters of the United Tajik Opposition (UTO) have been registered in the Garm and Tavil-Dara areas and are ready to be integrated in the Tajik armed forces.

However, these troops have not been disarmed, one of the conditions of the peace agreement, and also quarters have not been found for them in the 10 areas to which they are being relocated.

The registration process is currently underway in Tajikistan's eastern Badakhshan region.

Another group of about 400 UTO fighters remain in Afghanistan awaiting transportation into Tajikistan. Lack of funds are the reason cited for the delay.

Commission complains about war prisoners

Members of the Tajik National Reconciliation Commission complained today that the government is not fulfilling its obligations in exchanging prisoners of war.

Members of the commission claim that the UTO to date has freed more than 200 government soldiers while the government has delivered only 58 opposition fighters.

Successful email and Internet test

A successful test was done today in Leninabad Oblast, Tajikistan, on the connection which will allow email and Internet use in the region. The system is expected to be fully operational by the start of 1998.

Funding for the project was made available by the Central Asian Development Agency in conjunction with the Soros and Eurasia Foundations. Previously all such connections were routed through Moscow or Tashkent.