Sides in Tadzhik conflict refuse to heed peace call

KURGAN-TYUBE, Tadzhikistan — Combatants in the strife-torn Central Asian republic of Tadzhikistan Thursday ignored calls by a newly-created interim council to cease fire and work towards a settlement in the long-running civil war.

Anti-government rebels remained distrustful of moves by the authorities to reconcile the warring sides, even though one of their key demands, the resignation of the Islamic-democratic coalition government, has now been met.

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