Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 53

The president of Tajikistan, Imomali Rahmonov, issued March 16 a statement obliquely regretting that "the USSR’s full restoration is unrealistic and impossible." The Tajik leadership supports closer economic and political integration among CIS countries, retaining their sovereignty "in a new type of interstate formation," Rahmonov said, apparently alluding to a federal or confederal union. Describing state independence as "an illusion which has vanished," Rahmonov said that "the only realistic way to achieve progress is to accelerate integration and force the joining of our efforts." (Interfax, March 16)

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