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EU Demands More Access To Restive East Tajikistan

The European Union has expressed concern about the situation in eastern Tajikistan and demanded that Tajik authorities allow international organizations and diplomatic missions to have access to the region.

Participants at the 923rd session of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe passed a statement to this effect on September 7.

The statement also called on the Tajik government to ensure a "transparent investigation" into the murders of Islamic Renaissance Party member Sabzali Mamadrizoev, who was killed in July and former civil war era opposition field commander Imomnazar Imomnazarov, who died in August.

The EU has also complained that Tajik authorities continue to block access to certain websites.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax