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Tajikistan: warring parties enlist ICRC help in releases

25-07-1996 News Release 96/29

An agreement between the Government of Tajikistan and the United Tajik Opposition was signed on 21 July 1996 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. In it the parties asked the ICRC to take part in the release of prisoners captured in the fighting.

The parties will provide the ICRC with lists of prisoners and with unhindered access to places of detention so that delegates can privately interview the detainees prior to their release and transfer.

This process will be carried out in stages and should be completed by the end of August. 

The ICRC delegation in Dushanbe has contacted both parties to confirm its availability as of 24 July and to remind them of its working procedures.