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CIS REPUBLICS WILL SEND TROOPS TO POLICE BORDER

Four former Soviet republics said Friday they would send troops to police Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan to prevent the smuggling of arms and drugs into the politically troubled country.

The commander of a 31-member military observation team sent by Commonwealth of Independent States leaders to Tajikistan said a peacekeeping force was needed to prevent ethnic fighting from spilling into neighboring countries.The crisis in Tajikistan revolves around the refusal of hard-line Communist President Rakhmon Nabiyev to step down, despite calls for his resignation from the Cabinet of Ministers, senior lawmakers and opposition groups.

Opposition lawmakers on Friday failed in an effort to oust Nabiyev, who opposes reform. Only 80 lawmakers showed up for an emergency session, far short of the 154 needed for a quorum.