Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 172

United Tajik Opposition chairman Saidabdullo Nuri arrived on September 12 in Dushanbe together with opposition members of the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC), other opposition leaders, and some 30 bodyguards. The delegation’s arrival, and the beginning of the Commission’s work, had been postponed many times as the government sought to reduce the size of UTO’s delegation and to take exclusive control of its security. In a last-minute arrangement, the government agreed to allow the UTO’s first vice-chairman, Akbar Turanjozoda, to accompany Nuri to Dushanbe, though not as a member of the NRC. The government apparently prevailed in ruling out a public welcome for the UTO leaders at the airport or in the city. Opposition leaders have not been to Dushanbe since being ousted by the present government through force of arms in 1992.

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