Tajikistan

Ivanov positively assesses Tajik peace process

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Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said on 18 January that the situation in Tajikistan is developing "in the right direction," although "painfully, with difficulty," Asia Plus Blitz reported. Ivanov was speaking after talks with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative in Tajikistan, Ivo Petrov (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 18 January 2000). In an interview published in "Kommersant" on 18 January, Petrov too said the present situation in Tajikistan is far more stable than six or 12 months ago. But he added that a UN presence will be needed in Tajikistan even after the expiry in May 2000 of the UN observer force's mandate, as there are still numerous armed formations in Tajikistan that are subordinate neither to the government nor to the United Tajik Opposition. LF

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