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Iowa City IA 52242
Five political leaders of former Soviet republic meet with UI educators
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five political leaders from Tajikistan, a country
of the former Soviet republic, will visit the Iowa City area Wednesday,
June 25, through Friday, June 27, as part of the Council for International
Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) program.
The guests, who represent different political parties in Tajikistan,
will meet with University of Iowa educators, local political leaders and
others in the community to gain a sense of grassroots political organizing.
Among those meeting with the visitors are UI faculty in the departments
of political science, journalism and communication studies; state Rep.
Dick Myers; and members of the Johnson County Republican Party Central
Tajikistan, a country slightly smaller than the state of Wisconsin,
has had a recent turbulent political history. The visitors are: Mahmadali
Haitov, press secretary of the United Tajik Opposition, Gharm District;
Mohiniso Horisova, chairman of the Socialist Party of Tajikistan, Regional
Department of Khojand; Nuriddin Sadriddinov, a member of the Presidium
of the National Movement "Rastokhez" and a neuro-pathologist
with the Asht District Clinic; Sayfullo Safarov, an advisor to the president
on political parties and ethnic relations; and Abdunabi Sattorzoda Sattorov,
deputy chairman of the Democratic Party of Tajikistan, Almaty Faction.
CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting
international visitors as a means to promote international understanding
on a person-to-person basis," according to Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive
director. It's one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates
the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The other
is in Des Moines.
Since its inception in 1985, CIVIC has hosted more than 850 visitors,
representing 120 different countries. This year, an estimated 90 to 100
visitors will come to the community through CIVIC, bringing in $210,000
annually to the local economy.
CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries of
international visitors. For more information, call the CIVIC office at
335-0351 or Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC board president, at 644-2746. The CIVIC
office is in Room 128 of the UI's International Center, located at the
south end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road.
(Editors Note: Arrangements to interview or photograph the guests during
their visit can be made by calling Tom Baldridge at 335-0351 or Carol Spaziani
at 338-6140, who have more information about the CIVIC itinerary.)