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DATE=11/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=TAJIKISTAN-U-N OBSERVERS (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-256098 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations Security Council today (Friday) unanimously approved a six-month extension of the U-N Observer Mission in Tajikistan. V-O-A Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from the United Nations. TEXT: In extending the U-N observers to May 15th of next year, the Security Council welcomed what it called "significant progress" in building peace in Tajikistan. Opposition groups in that nation disbanded their armed units in exchange for participation in the political process. Opposition leaders criticized as unfair the recent presidential election, in which President Emomali Rakhmonov was overwhelmingly re-elected. However, the opposition seems more optimistic about Tajik parliamentary elections scheduled for February. Rashid Alimov, Tajikistan's ambassador to the United Nations, said his government is committed to making the parliamentary elections conform to international standards. Speaking through an English interpreter, Mr. Alimov said those elections will be critical for Tajikistan's future. /// Interpreter Act /// The government of Tajikistan is sincerely resolved to create all the necessary conditions for ensuring that the forthcoming elections to the two-chamber parliament will be another milestone as we move to strengthening the democratic basis of the entire Tajik society so that, together with the rest of the world community, we can enter the 21st century. /// End Act /// Mr. Alimov thanked the United Nations and the international community in general for their interest in helping to promote peace and national reconciliation in Tajikistan. (Signed) NEB/UN/BA/LSF/JP 12-Nov-1999 14:22 PM EDT (12-Nov-1999 1922 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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