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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajik Peace Talks Stalled

ALMATY, Kazakhstan () -- Peace talks between Tajikistan's Moscow-backed government and the Islamic opposition stalled Thursday over opposition demands for the makeup of a provisional coalition government.


There was no word whether a fragile cease-fire due to expire Friday in Tajikistan would be extended.


Interfax said Islamic delegates proposed that opposition representatives should make up 40 percent of any transitional government and that national minorities should control 20 percent.


Delegates from the Tajik regime of President Emomali Rakhmonov, which would be left in the minority, rejected the proposal, Interfax said.


The sides agreed at a recent meeting in Moscow to extend the truce until May 26, but skirmishing has persisted.