Tajikistan

UN envoy continues talks on Tajik peace process

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Ivo Petrov who is the special representative in Tajikistan of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, traveled to Moscow on 17 January for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on the implementation of the 1997 Tajik peace agreement, of which Russia is one of the guarantors. The final stage of the peace agreement entails parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for 27 February. Petrov discussed the ongoing election campaign in Dushanbe last week with President Imomali Rakhmonov, opposition leader Said Abdullo Nuri, and Central Electoral Commission Chairman Mirzoali Boltuev, Asia
Plus-Blitz reported. Those discussions raised the question of extending the UN involvement in the Tajik peace process after the election of the new parliament. Speaking in Dushanbe on 17 January, Rakhmonov expressed confidence that the new parliament will be "a truly professional supreme legislative body," ITAR-TASS reported. LF

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