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Following talks in Dushanbe on 9 June with Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmonov, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lynn Pascoe told journalists that Washington will provide Tajikistan with an additional $10 million in aid to offset the financial losses caused by recent natural catastrophes, Russian news agencies reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 9 June 2003). Pascoe described Tajikistan as a partner and friend of the United States, but at the same time warned that Washington expects the 22 June referendum on broad constitutional amendments to be conducted in accordance with international standards, ITAR-TASS reported. LF