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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CIS Summit Set For Friday

President Boris Yeltsin will host a twice-postponed summit meeting of the 12-nation Commonwealth of Independent States on Friday.

The CIS summit, bringing together the leaders of all the ex-Soviet republics except the three Baltic states, was originally set for January, but was postponed because of Yeltsin's bout of pneumonia.

After meeting Yeltsin Wednesday, CIS Executive Secretary Ivan Korochenya told Interfax the summit would focus on a framework for economic integration. The leaders will consider a plan to set up a single CIS economic space in two phases, up to 2005, including free trade zones, a broader customs union and integrated transport and energy systems, Itar-Tass reported.

Russia has broad support from other CIS members for its mediation in the Tajikistan conflict, and the leaders will consider extending the mandate of the Russian-led peacekeeping force there.

Georgia and Azerbaijan are expected pressure Moscow over its handling of unresolved Caucasus conflicts.