DUSHANBE, June 14, 2012, Asia-Plus  -- The Islamic Revival Party (IRP) has begun preparations for the National Unity.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of signing of the General Peace Agreement, the party is organizing a series of meetings and roundtables across the country this month.

“Thus, the IRP deputy chairman Saidumar Husaini, who is also deputy of Tajikistan’s lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament held a meeting in Khatlon’s Rumi district today,” the IRP deputy head Muhammadali Hoit told Asia-Plus in an interview on Thursday.

According to him, the main event dedicated to the National Unity Day will be a roundtable that will take place in Khujand, Sughd province on June 24.

Senior officials from political parties, representatives of the government as well members of the former United Tajik Opposition (UTO) and the former Commission for National Reconciliation (CNR) are expected to attend the meeting in Khujand, Hoit added.

We will recall that Tajikistan marks the National Unity Day on June 27.  The General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord in Tajikistan was signed in Moscow on June 27, 1997.

For the purposes of achieving peace and national accord in Tajikistan and overcoming the consequences of the civil war, inter-Tajik talks on national reconciliation were conducted from April 1994 to 1997 under the auspices of the United Nations.  Protocols that were agreed and signed in the course of eight rounds of talks between delegations of the Government of Tajikistan and the United Tajik Opposition (UTO), six meetings between the President of Tajikistan and the UTO leader, and also three rounds of consultations between the delegations of the sides in Almaty, Ashgabat, Bishkek, Islamabad, Kabul, Mashhad (Iran), Moscow, Tehran and Khusdeh (Afghanistan) constituted the General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord in Tajikistan.

Founded in October 1990, the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan was registered on December 4, 1991.  It was banned by the Supreme Court in June 1993 and legalized in August 1999.  Its official newspaper is Najot (Salvation).  According to some sources, IRP now has some 25,000-30,000 members.  It won two seats in the 2010 parliamentary elections.  The Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan is the only Islamic party registered in CIS Central Asia.